(JNS.org) Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres suffered a stroke on Tuesday and was taken to the Sheba Medical Center outside of Tel Aviv after telling his doctor that he felt weak.
The 93-year-old veteran statesman is in serious condition and has been sedated and placed on a respirator, according to Israel’s Channels 1 and 10.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the medical condition of Peres by the director of the medical center at Tel Hashomer.
“The Prime Minister conveyed the prayers of the entire nation for a quick recovery,” Netanyahu’s media advisor wrote.
President Reuven Rivlin said he’s “following with concern the updates from the hospital, and pray together with the entire people for my friend Shimon's recovery."
A week ago Peres received a pacemaker after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. Earlier this year in January, he underwent surgery to open a blocked artery following a mild heart attack.
Peres served twice as prime minister of Israel and was the ninth president from 2007 to 2014. He shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for negotiating the 1993 Oslo peace accords.