The image of Peres, the peace maker will be forever tainted - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 19.06.13 | 22:48 (IDT)

    It doesn't really matter to me that Peres, has been transformed from an opportunistic and not particularly clever politician into an elder statesman, a father of the fatherland, the closest thing in Israel to royalty. It doesn't really matter that Peres's calls for peace sound pretty empty. What I can never get out of my mind, if I see a photograph of Peres, or even on the occasion of his 90th birthday, are the pictures of the mayhem and death he was responsible for in Qana, South Lebanon. On April 18, 1996, Israel shelled a U.N. base in Qana, Lebanon, where 800 civilians had taken refuge from bombardment. In the process, Israel killed 106 innocent children, women and men and injured many more. Prime Minister Shimon Peres apologized and said it was an accident. But his apology does not wash away the blood of the innocents. I wonder how Mr Peres sleeps at night,

    from the article: Celebrating Peres, but not the personality cult that surrounds him
    First published 09:25 19.06.13 | Last updated 09:25 19.06.13
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