Peres making 'excellent' recovery in heart problem

After surgery ex-president reportedly still set on flying to World Economic Forum in Davos, as he reads about Stalin's daughter.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
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Former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres was making an "excellent" recovery on Friday after treatment for a heart problem, his surgeon said.

"His condition is excellent, the widening of the artery was successful," professor Victor Guerta, who performed cardiac catheterization on Peres at Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv, told public radio.

"He is feeling well this morning...and we shall be able to send him home in a few more days," he said.

The radio said that Peres, 92 and known as a workaholic, planned to fly next Wednesday to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he had scheduled 15 meetings with world leaders and international officials.

"Technically he could fly to Davos...(but) that would not normally be our recommendation," Guerta said. "I imagine that he will be persuaded not to do it."

He added that Peres, currently resting in intensive care, was expected to get out of bed later on Friday.

Shortly after the procedure Peres reportedly asked that a book on Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's daughter be brought to his bedside for him to continue his "riveting" read. He also felt hungry and ordered a meal from the hospital menu.

The elder leftist statesman was hospitalized Thursday "after experiencing chest pains," his spokesman said.

Michael Eldar, head of the cardiology institute at Sheba, told reporters that Peres had suffered a "mild cardiac event."

A co-architect of the 1994 Oslo Accords, Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the arch terrorist Yasser Arafat. The Accords led to the 2000 Oslo War or Second Intifada, as the terror war that led to the murder of over 1,000 Israelis came to be called.

Peres has held nearly every major office in the country, including prime minister twice and president from 2007-2014.

AFP contributed to this report.




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