Kol HaKavod, Shimon Peres! After having had to watch silently, as behooved his mostly ceremonial position as President, while the country he dedicated his entire life to was being destroyed and its values eroded by an insidious and calculated process of introducing an ever-increasing wave of anti-democratic legislation he has stepped up to the plate recently and sharply criticized and denounced the direction in which the country is being steered by unscrupulous elements in the government. This honors him and demonstrates that the welfare of the country has a higher priority for him than being comfortably ensconced in his lofty seat - yet condemned to sit silently at the side-lines - muffled by the constraints of his position.
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from the article: Peres urges Israelis to protest against religious extremism