Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said:
Shimon Peres, the last of the great founding political leaders of the modern State of Israel, was driven to ensure that Israel became the prosperous and successful country we all love and appreciate today.
He was a great innovator and his creative efforts were a crucial factor that propelled Israel into the OECD. He was a tireless campaigner for peace in the region and an inspiration to Jewish people across the world in his pursuit of that goal. The fondness with which he is held is without peer in the Diaspora and his legacy will be felt for generations to come.