Tribute to Shimon Peres

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on September 29, 2016

in Israel,Tribute

This morning George Friedman wrote a beautiful tribute to Shimon Peres. I thought it was worth reposting a portion from his concluding paragraph.

“Peres saw the destruction of European Jewry happen before his eyes, and he set out to serve his new nation with all of his heart and all of his soul and all of his might. When it was time to be tough, he tried to be tough. When it was time to acquire weapons, he tried to acquire them. When it was time to make peace, he tried to make peace. He was a man of his word, a word that always accommodated the time he lived in. It is that pragmatism more than anything that defined him and his generation, even when they disagreed with and sometimes even fought each other. They were never comfortable with what they had because they had seen it destroyed once before. Peres was the last whisperer of that voice, that reminder of what human beings are capable of doing to each other, and what they are capable of doing with each other.”

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