The full moral responsibility for the image of Israel has been passed onto Shimon Peres' political heirs. It's a scary time, but also one of real opportunity.
Whitewashing Oslo is out of the question. The only way out is to whitewash Shimon Peres himself.
Shimon Peres didn't have the courage to stick to his views, so his only accomplishments were largely motivated by the desire to win love and respect in the right circles.
An Israeli election straight after Rabin's assassination would have been one of those historic inflection points towards peace. But Peres failed to make that call. Instead, he started a war.
The real reason for massive turnout of world leaders at his funeral is Oslo, even if the prime minister chooses to excise this part of his biography.
The arrival of presidents and prime ministers from across the world for the funeral will officially make Peres one of the world’s great men, in the same league as Mandela.
Shimon Peres kept studying Israeli politics till the end. He was loved, even if nobody believed he was totally selfless.
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.
Though he continues to justify his all-out onslaught against the U.S. president and the Iran deal, Netanyahu isn’t brave enough to admit there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
It was a Likud government in 1979 that endorsed a return to the 1967 borders in the context of the Camp David Accords. But in today's Israel, the right-wing is rewriting, forgetting and distorting this history.