Below is the text of Sir John Major’s tribute to Shimon Peres, issued on 28 September 2016.
SIR JOHN MAJOR:
Shimon Peres was a giant of Israeli politics. He tried consistently to broker a peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He took the long view that Israel needed security with their near neighbours to protect them from wider dangers. He was a true patriot, and Israel has lost one of its most illustrious leaders.