Haaretz – Shimon Peres had a crowded life. He was tireless, restless, vital, ambitious, intellectually curious, and filled with ideas. Diaspora Jewry loved him, probably more than Israelis did.
He was accessible to Diaspora Jewish leaders. With Shimon Peres, one did not have to beg for a meeting, as one often had to do with politicians of lesser stature. Whether in power or in the opposition, he was generous with his time and with his thinking. And above all, he was a voice of hope.