Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has led his cabinet in a minute’s silence following the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Peres died early on Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a major stroke.
In a video address to the nation Netanyahu described Peres as a man of vision and peace.
“Shimon Peres devoted his life to our people’s independence. As a man of vision he looked to the future, as a man of security he fortified Israel’s strength in many ways, some of which are still secret today. As a man of peace he acted until his last days to reach appeasement with our neighbours, and a better future for our children,” the Israeli premier said.
Netanyahu also said the country’s former President will always be remembered as “the beloved of the nation”.
According to media reports, Mr Peres body will lie in state at the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on Thursday, for the public to pay their final respects, before a state funeral at the country’s national cemetery in Jerusalem on Friday.