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All of Israel came to a halt this week when we heard the news that Shimon Peres had passed away.

The man was a figure of historic proportions. He was the last of his generation. He had been a part of setting Israel's course, in one capacity or another, for more than seventy years. We all knew that this day would come, but that made it no less of a surprise.

Anybody who serves in public life for that long has a complicated history rife with contradictions. That is true for President Peres as well. Today, I remember him as a man who worked tirelessly for peace, as a man who believed in education for coexistence, and as a champion for democracy.

Most of all, I remember him as a leader who was not afraid to dream big and to labour to make those dreams a reality. In a radio interview yesterday President Peres’s son Chemi said that his father's only regret was that he did not dream big enough. Chemi added that it was up to us, to the next generation, to fulfill President Peres’s dream of making peace.

This is a legacy worth remembering.