Doctors treating Shimon Peres say the former Israeli president has survived the night but remains in serious condition after suffering a major stroke.
Dr. Yitzhak Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, says Peres was in a medically induced coma Wednesday.
He said the bleeding in the brain had been halted and that Peres' condition is "serious but stable."
The 93-year-old Peres was rushed to hospital after feeling ill and quickly diagnosed to have suffered a stroke.
Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli politics, one of the country's most admired symbols and the last surviving link to its founding fathers.
Over a seven-decade career, he's held virtually every senior political office, including three stints as prime minister and extended terms as foreign, defense and finance minister.