Israel's ninth president, who died on Wednesday morning aged 93, may not have wanted to become a leader, but his political path and vision turned him into a key figure in the Israeli leadership for more than 50 years.
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Shimon Peres was an optimist not blinded by messianism, who responded with dignity, calm, and compelling logic to his persistent critics in Israel and on the American Jewish right.
With his Yiddish accent, jacket and tie, he wasn’t seen as a real Israeli. In a state that invented the new Jew – sabra, tanned, a soldier, a daring adventurer – he was the old Jew, the exilic Jew.
Thanking Peres for 'trusting a Filipino like me,' Ferdz Capacia writes he'll miss the late statesman's smile, his 'big voice' and the way he wished him goodnight in Hebrew before going to sleep.
As the First Jewish War raged in ancient Palestine, villagers would hide in impressively inaccessible cliffside caves as the Roman armies marched through.
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