Either he simply doesn't get it anymore because of his age, or he wants to save his legacy when it comes to mainstream and right-wing Israel. I suppose it's a combination of both of them. But hey, we are all just human, we all have our Ego, some folks have a bit less of it, some folks have a bit more.... ....good old Shimon Peres definitely falls into the latter category.
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from the article: Peres to EU: Israel has every right to build in Jerusalem