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The death of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres last week marks the last of the Zionist “old guard” who successfully fought for a UN mandate to establish the state of Israel in what was formerly British Palestine. Much has been written about Peres since his death. He was a peacemaker. He was a warrior. He was brutal. He was complex. It is possible for all of them to be accurate at the same time.

Was Peres a warrior? That is without question. Israel was established in bloodshed and Peres played an important role in that fight. Also, the brutal Israeli attack on a Palestinian refugee camp at Qana in 1996 took place under Peres’s command. In that attack more than 100 women and children were killed.

But history, and especially Middle East history, can be quite complex. Shimon Peres was above all in favor of trying to find a way for Israelis and Palestinians to live side-by-side. He was right there in spirit when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had a famous 1993 handshake with Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat. Rabin paid for his efforts with his life, as a right-wing radical assassinated him in 1995.

Shimon Peres was in favor of real negotiations with the Palestinians and he several times inserted himself into the process to urge the hawkish Benjamin Netanyahu to start talking rather than saber rattling. In 2012, for example, Peres made it known again that he favored a two-state solution and that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was a suitable negotiating partner. He also urged Netanyahu to open up direct talks with Hamas if certain agreements could be made beforehand.

But perhaps his greatest move to avert war only came known with his passing. Former Jerusalem Post editor Steve Linde wrote a fascinating article last week in his old newspaper detailing a meeting he and the Post’s managing editor had with Shimon Peres in 2014. According to Linde, Peres was asked what he thought was his greatest legacy. He replied that he had personally intervened to stop Netanyahu from ordering a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear sites. Asked by the journalists when they could report this revelation, Peres responded, “when I’m dead.” So it came to pass last week.

How much for the worse things have become in Israeli-Palestinian relations with the passing on of anyone preferring negotiations to violence. There is little interest among current Israeli leadership to take steps toward negotiation or peace. Innocent Israelis and Palestinians will continue to be killed and injured as long as no compromises are considered. Sadly this position is reinforced in Washington, where the Obama administration just agreed to grant Israel the largest military aid package in US history.

There is much to admire in those who work for peace, even those with stains on their record. I remain convinced that Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts would be much closer to bearing fruit if the US government would stop inserting itself into the process and subsidizing either side. Left alone, both sides would likely produce more leaders interested in ending bloodshed and conflict.

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  1. The tone of this article seems to be that, in balance, Perez was a man of peace and his faults seem to be glibly brushed aside.

    Here’s probably a much better description of the dude, and he doesn’t come out smelling so pretty.

    http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1474654260/

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  2. There is much to admire in those who work for peace, even those with stains on their record. I remain convinced that Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts would be much closer to bearing fruit if the US government would stop inserting itself into the process and subsidizing either side. Left alone, both sides would likely produce more leaders interested in ending bloodshed and conflict.

    Leaving value judgments aside, this is the precise opposite of the truth. The only reason the Israeli Left/peace process movement even exists is because of direct backing by the U.S. and various US backed NGOs, plus the vague sense felt by the majority of the electorate that Israel cannot afford (literally) to alienate America by abandoning the Oslo Process. Similarly, the PLO would simply have been gobbled up by Hamas and other rejectionist groups is the US were not keeping it on life support.

    If the US were to leave Israel and the Palestinians alone, they would fight and one side would win and the other would have to learn to live with it.

    So in that sense, there would be peace, but certainly no “peacemaking”.

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    Weren't Palestinians better off before the Oslo Process began? The result of that agreement was to place most Palestinians under the corrupt Arafat regime, which by all accounts was scarcely better than military occupation. The occupation itself became more severe as the Israeli army put up checkpoints all around PA areas, where previously people had been able to travel back and forth with minimal interference.

    I don't know much about how Hamas treats its people versus how the Fatah-run PA did, but even there I don't see how it can get that much worse for them if Hamas just runs Fatah out of power completely. After all, Hamas wouldn't be so popular if Palestinians didn't see them as more sympathetic to their plight. Sure, they're religious fanatics, but honestly I got the sense Fatah was also increasingly turning towards Islamism.

    So in short, your scenario only makes a US withdrawal that much more attractive.
  3. I doubt very much. With the FRIEND OF ISRAEL Antonio Guterres as new UN secretary general and fascist Netanyahu in power – expect more Israel’s proxy wars by western powers in the region.

    Israel’s Argentina-born ambassador at the UN, Danny Danon, was the first to congratulate Guterres, saying: “The State of Israel hopes, and expects, that the UN under his leadership will act in the spirit of its founding principles as a fair body able to differentiate between good and evil and will end its obsession with Israel. I hope that this change in leadership will bring an end to the organization’s hostility towards Israel.”

    Washington’s UN ambassador, half-Jewish Samantha Power praised Guterres as the most qualified person for the job.

    Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin, initially objected to the selection, but didn’t use his veto power to block it.

    On October 6, 2016, Gil Hoffman boasted at pro-Netanyahu newspaper, The Jerusalem Post that Guterres has and will always be a friend of Israel due to his long friendship with war-criminals like former president Shimon Peres, and former prime minister Gen. Ehud Barak. Both war criminals had worked with Antonio Guterres when he headed the Socialist International for six years.

    Guterres has visited the Zionist entity on several occasions – beginning in 1999 when he was prime minister of Portugal. He had never criticized Israeli wars on Gaza or other neighboring countries.

    “He loves Israel. But he is very objective man, which means he sees the whole picture,” says MK Colette Avital, a former Israeli ambassador in Lisbon.

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/10/07/a-friend-of-israel-to-head-united-nations/

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    • Replies: @Art

    Guterres has visited the Zionist entity on several occasions – beginning in 1999 when he was prime minister of Portugal. He had never criticized Israeli wars on Gaza or other neighboring countries.
     
    One by one all the worlds banking systems are moving in lock step with Zionist money.

    One by one all the politicians of the world are aligning with Zionist Israel.

    One by one the Zionists are taking over the worlds governments.

    One by one the record of Palestine is being expunged from existence.

    Hmm – what is next.
  4. @Rehmat
    I doubt very much. With the FRIEND OF ISRAEL Antonio Guterres as new UN secretary general and fascist Netanyahu in power - expect more Israel's proxy wars by western powers in the region.

    Israel’s Argentina-born ambassador at the UN, Danny Danon, was the first to congratulate Guterres, saying: “The State of Israel hopes, and expects, that the UN under his leadership will act in the spirit of its founding principles as a fair body able to differentiate between good and evil and will end its obsession with Israel. I hope that this change in leadership will bring an end to the organization’s hostility towards Israel.”

    Washington’s UN ambassador, half-Jewish Samantha Power praised Guterres as the most qualified person for the job.

    Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin, initially objected to the selection, but didn’t use his veto power to block it.

    On October 6, 2016, Gil Hoffman boasted at pro-Netanyahu newspaper, The Jerusalem Post that Guterres has and will always be a friend of Israel due to his long friendship with war-criminals like former president Shimon Peres, and former prime minister Gen. Ehud Barak. Both war criminals had worked with Antonio Guterres when he headed the Socialist International for six years.

    Guterres has visited the Zionist entity on several occasions – beginning in 1999 when he was prime minister of Portugal. He had never criticized Israeli wars on Gaza or other neighboring countries.

    “He loves Israel. But he is very objective man, which means he sees the whole picture,” says MK Colette Avital, a former Israeli ambassador in Lisbon.

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/10/07/a-friend-of-israel-to-head-united-nations/

    Guterres has visited the Zionist entity on several occasions – beginning in 1999 when he was prime minister of Portugal. He had never criticized Israeli wars on Gaza or other neighboring countries.

    One by one all the worlds banking systems are moving in lock step with Zionist money.

    One by one all the politicians of the world are aligning with Zionist Israel.

    One by one the Zionists are taking over the worlds governments.

    One by one the record of Palestine is being expunged from existence.

    Hmm – what is next.

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    • Replies: @Karl
    > Hmm – what is next

    independence for Rakhine State


    It's interesting that Ron Paul reads the Jerusalem Post, then earns a fee by blogging about what the newspaper said.


    Raise your hand if you think that any retired politicians in Jerusalem, find it profitable to read any Kentucky newspaper?

    Cream rises to the top, doesn't it Ron?


    PS: bluegrass music & U-KY ag-school are both, highly esteemed in Israel. So don't feel bad, Ron.
  5. @Gabriel M

    There is much to admire in those who work for peace, even those with stains on their record. I remain convinced that Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts would be much closer to bearing fruit if the US government would stop inserting itself into the process and subsidizing either side. Left alone, both sides would likely produce more leaders interested in ending bloodshed and conflict.
     
    Leaving value judgments aside, this is the precise opposite of the truth. The only reason the Israeli Left/peace process movement even exists is because of direct backing by the U.S. and various US backed NGOs, plus the vague sense felt by the majority of the electorate that Israel cannot afford (literally) to alienate America by abandoning the Oslo Process. Similarly, the PLO would simply have been gobbled up by Hamas and other rejectionist groups is the US were not keeping it on life support.

    If the US were to leave Israel and the Palestinians alone, they would fight and one side would win and the other would have to learn to live with it.

    So in that sense, there would be peace, but certainly no "peacemaking".

    Weren’t Palestinians better off before the Oslo Process began? The result of that agreement was to place most Palestinians under the corrupt Arafat regime, which by all accounts was scarcely better than military occupation. The occupation itself became more severe as the Israeli army put up checkpoints all around PA areas, where previously people had been able to travel back and forth with minimal interference.

    I don’t know much about how Hamas treats its people versus how the Fatah-run PA did, but even there I don’t see how it can get that much worse for them if Hamas just runs Fatah out of power completely. After all, Hamas wouldn’t be so popular if Palestinians didn’t see them as more sympathetic to their plight. Sure, they’re religious fanatics, but honestly I got the sense Fatah was also increasingly turning towards Islamism.

    So in short, your scenario only makes a US withdrawal that much more attractive.

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  6. @Art

    Guterres has visited the Zionist entity on several occasions – beginning in 1999 when he was prime minister of Portugal. He had never criticized Israeli wars on Gaza or other neighboring countries.
     
    One by one all the worlds banking systems are moving in lock step with Zionist money.

    One by one all the politicians of the world are aligning with Zionist Israel.

    One by one the Zionists are taking over the worlds governments.

    One by one the record of Palestine is being expunged from existence.

    Hmm – what is next.

    > Hmm – what is next

    independence for Rakhine State

    It’s interesting that Ron Paul reads the Jerusalem Post, then earns a fee by blogging about what the newspaper said.

    Raise your hand if you think that any retired politicians in Jerusalem, find it profitable to read any Kentucky newspaper?

    Cream rises to the top, doesn’t it Ron?

    PS: bluegrass music & U-KY ag-school are both, highly esteemed in Israel. So don’t feel bad, Ron.

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