Israeli President Shimon Peres, the architect of the Oslo Accords will be in town today to address the Jewish Community. Thousands will flock to the Shaar Hashomayim to see him, kids will be yanked from class and I’m sure all there will hang on his every word.
Peres, a man who rode to fame on the coat tails of Yitzhak Rabin has always been the bridesmaid, never the bride. He became Israeli Prime Minister only twice in his career, once immediately after Rabin was assassinated and once during a unity government with Yitzhak Shamir. He has never been elected.
Peres is often referred to as a dove and an angel of peace. in reality he is the Israeli version of Jimmy Carter, a man with delusional dreams of grandeur which usually end with crushing disappointment.
Once a supporter of settlements and Israeli growth, Peres changed his tune when he became the leader of the Labor Party. Since then, his flip flopping opinions have only worked to further erode Israel’s resolve. Peres was indirectly responsible for the failed Oslo Accords, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of what he labelled ‘victims of peace’.
Peres led the initial push to negotiate with the PLO and still carries the torch that peace could be achieved with the Palestinians, even after over 20 years of signed and failed agreements and thousands of terror attacks.
Peres was appointed President of the country after Moshe Katzav was forced to step down amid allegations of sexual misconduct of which he was later convicted of. Once again, a second thought appointment for the ultimate sidekick, Shimon Peres.
So as Montreal Jews flock to hear the immortal words of this elder statesman, I’ll stay home and think about all the Jews who lost their lives due to his dillusions.