Wednesday, September 28, 2016

RIP Shimon Peres

Big social media day ahead for the super right wing Zionist crazies.

They get to spend it dumping on the still-warm corpse of Shimon Peres, the lion of Israel who did more for the Jewish people and the country of Israel than any 500 of us combined. #stayclassy

And before you start screaming about Oslo, ask yourself this: what would have happened had Rabin lived and not been succeeded by a man who dedicated his first year in office to undermining everything Peres and Rabin had done? We'll never know, of course, but any discussion of Peres's legacy needs to recall Netanyahu's desire to sabotage Oslo.

In any event, here's my list of the top members of Israel's founding generation

Six generations of service. Made Israel strong, then tried gallantly to leverage that strength into peace and prosperity

Did plenty, but retired early and disappeared. Gets credit for organizing several squabbling militias into one strong force, and for making it clear that Israel was going to be a nation of laws.

Did all the early diplomatic smoothing. Also could have done much more, had he been given more time.

Raised all the money.

A terrorist at first, but demonstrated genuine patriotism when he disarmed and went into the opposition. We thank him for his Going to China moment with Egypt, as well.

The symbol of '67. Foreign Minister for the Egypt/Israel accords. Did more with one eye than any of us do with two.

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