Washington (September 28, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the death of former president and prime minister of Israel Shimon Peres.

“We mourn today the passing of Shimon Peres, a visionary peacemaker and a paragon of statesmanship. Shimon Peres was present at the birth of Israel and helped it flourish into a vibrant, secure democracy. Along the way, he inspired millions around the world with his message of peace and mutual understanding. May his memory be a blessing for us all.”