As we reflect on Shimon Peres’ life and legacy, we cannot doubt that people grow and change. So should Jewish tradition.
I could identify with Culture Minister Miri Regev, who accused the leaders of the Israeli film industry of being a snobbish, exclusive club. If only she weren't so bent on shutting people up and dictating content.
The Alexandria Declaration, which Shimon Peres initiated, rejected violence in the name of God. In these days of Islamist terrorism, that needs to be heard more than ever.
Unlike Shimon Peres, Netanyahu and his government value the past far more than they do the future. The honor Western leaders will pay him reflects the widening gap separating Israel from liberal democracies, not its membership in the club.
There is certainly a lot wrong with Israel, but the country is more democratic and pluralist than it was in the good old days, and Peres deserves a good deal of the credit.
As the years passed, Peres came to understand that controlling another people for years on end was a surefire recipe for endless wars and lack of security.
With a strong conviction that the course of history can be altered, Peres fought to overcome confrontation and enmity.
Foreign Ministry concerned about impact of High Holiday campaign denouncing Israel’s discrimination of non-Orthodox Jews.
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