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|Nita Lowey||September 28th 2016|
I join millions of people in Israel, the United States, and around the world in mourning the loss of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres. As one of Israel's founding fathers, President Peres played an integral role in firmly cementing the Jewish state as a beacon of democracy in the region and America's closest ally. President Peres was one of the most admired peacemakers of our time. Throughout tumultuous periods in Israel, including wars, assassinations, and political upheaval, President Peres remained committed to the goal of peace between Israel and all her neighbors. He worked tirelessly to resolve the complicated differences between Israelis and Palestinians, never giving up on the vision of two states for two peoples. Part of his indelible and everlasting legacy instructs each of us to never give up on peace. As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary leader and world-renowned statesman, let us redouble our commitment to the many causes to which he devoted his life. President Peres' memory is a blessing and an inspiration to all.
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester) is Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee