From Bill Clinton to Amar'e Stoudemire, Diverse Group Wishes Shimon Peres a Speedy Recovery

While former Israeli President Shimon Peres remains in serious but stable condition, an extremely diverse group - from NBA stars to Norwegian politicians - reach out to the peace champion.

U.S. NBA's New York Knicks basketball player Amare Stoudemire, shakes hands with Israel's President
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JTA — As former President Shimon Peres continues to recover from the stroke he suffered on Tuesday — he remains in stable but serious condition as of Wednesday morning — an extremely diverse group of politicians and other public figures are wishing him well.

It’s a testament to Peres’ global appeal as a symbol of peace that he would elicit get-well wishes from individuals as varied as former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and Norway’s foreign affairs minister. Stoudemire, who describes himself as culturally Jewish and will play on an Israeli basketball team this winter, met Peres during a visit to Israel in 2013.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who worked with Peres on the Oslo Accords, reportedly called Peres’ camp multiple times on Tuesday night. Tony Blair, another ally in the peace process — he previously served as envoy for the Quartet for Middle East Peace, a multi-lateral effort to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — also called to check in.

Even Russian President Vladimir Putin called, according to Peres’ spokesperson (although The Times of Israel noted that Putin’s spokesperson did not confirm what was discussed).