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.
The great patriotism he exuded, his deep certainty in the justice of our being here, brought him to dovish positions that he fought for relentlessly.
The corruption charges against Yisrael Beiteinu bigwigs can open the door for true leaders of the community, even if Russian-speakers don’t have their ‘own party’ anymore.
Travelling in secret to Morocco with Shimon Peres in 1981, I discovered the secret of his political longevity.
Shimon Peres was an optimist not blinded by messianism, who responded with dignity, calm, and compelling logic to his persistent critics in Israel and on the American Jewish right.
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.
While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expresses his sorrow, Arab media is less cordial, describing the former statesman as 'the butcher of Qana' and 'the engineer of genocide against Arabs.'
U.S. Election 2016
Both U.S. presidential candidates take time off from campaigning to mourn the passing of Shimon Peres and extol him as a man of peace.