Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:

“I join all friends of Israel around the world in mourning the loss of Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers. Peres dedicated his life to serving the State of Israel and helped make modern Israel what it is today. Whether it was helping Israel acquire the arms it needed to defend itself from its Soviet-backed enemies or striving towards peaceful reconciliation, Peres was a leader and a statesman. Shimon Peres always lived up to his motto: ‘You are as great as the cause that you serve, and as young as your dreams.’ May we all strive to do the same.”