The Closest Thing to Royalty in Israel

President Shimon Peres has everything one could want. At 90, all of the rich and powerful of the world and the nation flock to his side, showering him with praise, seeking his company, looking for some of the stardust that he has been blessed with.

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“What does an old man have to look forward to?” wrote Israeli poet David Avidan. “He gets up in the morning, but the morning does not get...