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.
Travelling in secret to Morocco with Shimon Peres in 1981, I discovered the secret of his political longevity.
Unlike so many others, Shimon Peres did not become intoxicated by military power and by the illusory dream of state sovereignty throughout the ancient homeland of 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 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.
Abbas will join scores of international leaders in putting Shimon Peres to rest on Friday.
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.