FILE - Former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2015.
FILE - Former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2015.

Former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres is in serious but stable condition after suffering a severe stroke Tuesday.

Doctors say his condition was likely caused by hypertension.

The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalized in January for heart problems.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a Facebook message saying the entire country loves Peres and wishes him a speedy recovery.

Peres has served Israel in nearly every major public office, including prime minister, president and foreign minister. He was a joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize (with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin) for helping to negotiate the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians.

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