2. He’s tiny—at least compared to Amare Stoudemire

While Shimon Peres is undeniably a major figure in Israeli and Middle Eastern politics, he’s a pretty small guy. He looked tiny, in fact, when photographed back-to-back with basketball player and Israeli citizenship applicant Amare Stoudemire. But even at the age of 90, in the world of geopolitics Peres remains a big deal.