Shimon Peres: Great Achievements, But an Appeaser, Not a Peacemaker
It was Barak’s brief tenure as prime minister that led, in September 2000, to a five-year terror onslaught by Arafat’s Fatah (the main wing of the PLO), Hamas, and Islamic Jihad that far exceeded even the mid-1990s carnage.
The Al-Aqsa Intifada, or Second Intifada, killed over 1,100 Israelis and wounded over 8,000 in dozens of suicide bombings and other attacks.
And that was your peace process, or Oslo process, for which Shimon Peres -- its main ideologist and motive force on the Israeli side -- was eulogized today. As a man who “remained an optimist,” “could imagine all the people in the world living in peace,” and “did not stop dreaming.” That, along with his penchant for cultivating friendships with international figures, and engaging in high-flown talk.
David Horovitz, editor of The Times of Israel, writes:
Peres was the face of Israel that the world wants to see: Warm and wise, a believer in the essential good of humanity.
Indeed, it is much more pleasant to see such an optimistic, glowing face. Who wants to hear words such as “carnage,” and be told about Iran’s relentless progress toward nuclear weapons, and the like?
The majority of Israelis are willing to take the long view of Peres’s life, and to honor him for his achievements -- while praying that we never again see such “peacemakers.”
It appears that there are many in the world whom our voices can never reach. And it was Shimon Peres, with his constantly repeated message that peace was something Israel could have if it simply wanted it enough, who played a key role in making it that way.
The real lesson of Part II of Shimon Peres’s career is that policies built on dreamy words end in blood.
Survival requires learning this. Everyone’s survival, not just that of Israel.