Shimon Peres Was a Great Statesman but an Awful Politician

The former president and prime minister, who died five years ago, had major political deficiencies, but he established Israel's deterrent power and saved its economy – which surely qualifies him as a leader

Alon Pinkas
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Last week, Yechiam Weitz, a noted historian and essayist with deep knowledge and understanding of the history of Israel’s Labor Party, published an article titled “Shimon Peres was never a leader.”

It is a well-written and well-rounded argument, with one flaw: It defines “leadership” narrowly and fails to distinguish between political failings and national security or diplomatic triumphs as the determinants of leadership.

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