JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli president Shimon Peres was discharged from the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack.
“I feel rejuvenated and I am ready to return to serving our wonderful country that I love so much. I want to thank you all, across the country, from the bottom of my heart for the concern and encouragement – I am moved by your love,” Peres said Tuesday as he left Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer.
Peres, 92, was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after feeling chest pains. He underwent a cardiac angioplasty at Sheba’s Heart Institute to open a blocked artery.
He called the last five days “an interesting experience,” and said that he was happy to be able to leave the hospital and finish recovering at home.
Before his heart attack, Peres had been planning to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which begins Wednesday, where he had scheduled some 15 meetings with world leaders and international figures.
At the end of December, social media was flooded with rumours that Peres had died, leading him to take to Facebook to declare that rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.
“I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for the support, concern and interest, and wish to clarify that the rumors are false,” Peres said in a Facebook post. “I’m continuing with my daily schedule as usual to do whatever I can to assist The State of Israel and its citizens.”
Peres retired as president of Israel in 2014 after more than a half-century in public life.
In an interview last week with JTA, Peres said he is busier than ever, including his work with the Peres Center for Peace. On a typical day, he is up at 4:30 am to read and walks on his treadmill, he said. By 8:30 he is at his office, and he often works until 11 pm.