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Posthumous book by Peres coming next spring

Finished weeks before his death, 'No Room for Small Dreams' is the former president's final reflections on Israel's character and history

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, November 2, 2015 (Flash90)
Former Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, November 2, 2015 (Flash90)

A book about Israel’s character and the “turning points” in its history that Nobel laureate Shimon Peres completed just weeks before he died will come out next spring.

The HarperCollins imprint Custom House told The Associated Press on Monday that Peres’ “No Room for Small Dreams” will be published April 4, 2017. The book by the former prime minister and president had been planned since 2014 and was completed earlier this year. Peres, whose previous books included the memoir “Battling for Peace,” died last month at age 93.

According to Custom House, Peres will reflect on everything from war to Israel’s high-tech industry and will touch on his role in some of the country’s most crucial decisions. He also will address younger generations and their “obligations and opportunities.”

Peres, an elder statesman who held nearly every high office in Israel, died in September 28 after suffering a major stroke.

He was seen as Israel’s last remaining founding father and held nearly every major office in a career spanning five decades.

(R-L) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners for 1994, in Olso, Norway. (Photo by Government Press Office via Getty Images)
(R-L) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners for 1994, in Olso, Norway. (Photo by Government Press Office via Getty Images)

Peres served as prime minister between 1984 and 1986, then again from 1995-1996 after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He served as president, a mainly ceremonial role, from 2007-2014.

He also served as foreign, defense and finance minister.

In 1994, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his role in negotiating the Oslo accords, a peace agreement which envisioned an independent Palestinian state.

Peres was also involved in peace efforts with Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries with peace treaties with Israel.

Later in life, the elder statesman became the face of Israel’s peace movement, and traveled around the globe preaching a message of coexistence.

His funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery drew dozens of world leaders, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Barack Obama, who led a 33-person delegation of US officials on a six-hour visit to Israel for the ceremony.

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