Rest in peace, Shimon Peres

And peace is the operative word here as he fought for it in the Middle East for many years…

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He wasn’t always like that, he began his career as a hardliner, was known as a ‘hawk’ who later changed his ideas and became a peacemaker, a ‘dove’ so to speak. His ideas on peace for the Middle East, the Oslo Accords he helped achieve, gave me such hope in the mid 1990s! He won the Nobel Peace Prize for the Oslo Accords…

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The Nobel Peace prize laureates for 1994 in Oslo: PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres, Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin.

Sadly, the peace I had so hoped for never really happened… Things went haywire after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated and with Netanyahu as president then and again now, all real peace endeavors seem to be vaporized. I have lived in Israel and the fact that the peace process is stuck after the hope there was 20 years ago still breaks my heart.

I have been watching Peres’s funeral on TV here this morning and Bill Clinton’s  and Barack Obama’s speeches were very powerful to me. Like them, I still hope for such dreamers as Shimon Peres to stand up in the Middle East and make the dreams for peace come true.

Shimon Peres, alav ha-shalom (peace be upon him). And may peace be upon the whole region hopefully one day.

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4 thoughts on “Rest in peace, Shimon Peres

  1. It is sad that even when peace accords seem hopeful, they don’t come to fruition. There is always a faction trying to tear peace apart.. That small piece of land has seen so much violence and hated for thousands of years. Is man ever going to accept that no matter what we call the God we pray to, we all want peace and safety for those we love?

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  2. Im Moment sieht alles so hoffnungslos aus. Es ist zum Verzweifeln.

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