|Shimon Peres (Photo by David Shankbone)|
Shimon Peres, Israel’s former prime minister (twice) and current president (at age 90), had also been married to the love of his life for 67 years.
Although a faithful and loving wife to Shimon all those long years, Sonia Peres had vastly preferred a private life to a public one. Her absence from official ceremonies led some people to dub her the “anti-first lady.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, her stated reason for not attending most political functions was the following: I married a dairy farmer. This was an allusion to their
beginning years as a married couple in a “socialist kibbutz collective.”
Back then, “they lived in a tent, then in a building with a tin roof that blew away in the wind.” At the time, Shimon only
owned “two pairs of pants, two shirts, and one pair of shoes.”
Sonia retained these stark tendencies until her 2011 death at age 87. Refusing to allow her husband’s position to determine her own choice of lifestyle, she “turned down the use of a chauffeur, did her own shopping and carried her groceries.”
Haaretz reported that when Mrs. Peres died, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated: In her quiet and modest life, Sonia represented good-heartedness and turned into a symbol and example of modesty and love of man.
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