Trump sends well wishes to Peres

Republican presidential candidate sends a personal letter to Israel’s former President, wishing him a swift recovery from his stroke.

Elad Benari ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday sent a personal letter to Israel’s former President Shimon Peres, wishing him a speedy recovery from the stroke he suffered earlier this week.

"Melania and I join well-wishers from around the globe in wishing you a swift recovery. You are among the last of a generation of leaders who fought for the right of the Jewish people to shape their own destiny and your legacy stands tall," Trump wrote to Peres, according to a statement from Peres’s office.

In addition, the statement said, Pope Francis sent his wishes for recovery to Peres. The Pope prayed for strength for the family, and for a full recovery.

Pope Francis held a special prayer for the health of the ninth President at the Vatican, along with Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Argentina. They prayed together and asked to convey their warm well-wishes and prayers for a speedy and full recovery, said Peres’s office.

Israel’s ninth President remains hospitalized at the Tel Hashomer Hospital since suffering a major stroke on Tuesday.

The 93-year-old’s doctor said on Thursday that Peres saw "real improvement" but remained in serious condition.

"There is another real improvement today," Peres's personal physician and son-in-law Rafi Walden told media, describing his condition as serious but stable.

He said it was likely his condition would remain that way for the coming days.

Peres remained in intensive care and was breathing with the help of a respirator, but was still able to respond to prompts as he had the previous day.