With a strong conviction that the course of history can be altered, Peres fought to overcome confrontation and enmity.
Shimon Peres knew that Jew-hatred was 'a problem for the goyim'; unfortunately he was less clear-eyed about foreign dictatorships.
Farewell to your ashes, Peres. It's not pleasant to say so, but as a public figure, you were buried long ago by those eulogizing you today. And allow me to just add this: Their tears are crocodile tears.
The year is 1985, and Prime Minister Peres asked us to take him to an air force base for an unknown reason. There, off of a plane came Ethiopian Jews who yearned and dreamed of aliyah to Israel.
At a time when Israel is going backward and turning its back on compromise with the Palestinians, it’s sad to say goodbye to the last of the founders’ generation, someone who worked tirelessly all his life to secure Israel.
If Israel is on the verge of a moral abyss, then Peres had a part in that. If it’s a country en route to apartheid, he was a founding partner. The truth must be told: Shimon Peres wanted peace, but never saw Palestinians as equal to Jews.
Unlike other Jews who succeeded him in power, Peres always knew that to be a Jew also meant to be universal and moral; to be on the correct, enlightened side of history.
The state funeral of Shimon Peres, which will be attended by more than 100 world leaders, will be one of the largest and most complex events ever held in Israel.
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