As we reflect on Shimon Peres’ life and legacy, we cannot doubt that people grow and change. So should Jewish tradition.
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.
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.
Shimon Peres knew that Jew-hatred was 'a problem for the goyim'; unfortunately he was less clear-eyed about foreign dictatorships.
From joining Snapchat at the age of 93 to going internationally viral with two videos, Shimon Peres never ceased to be, in his own words, 'focused on breakthroughs for a new tomorrow.'
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