Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Miracle in Israel: Peres admits the obvious

A few weeks ago, octogenarian and perennial Israeli political figure President Shimon Peres seemingly broke free from his dementia and stood up to vociferously defend his nation against the slurs of hypocritical Turkish PM Erdogan. Peres took a sober and firm approach, reading from the Hamas charter and insisting that any nation faced with such a threat had a responsibility to respond as Israel did in Gaza.

Peres: Slowly but surely growing a pair

Now, he has admitted that Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 was a mistake. Furthermore, he has pledged that in his formal role as organizer of the new Israeli government he would not favor a coalition given to similar unilateral retreats.

President Shimon Peres made a surprising statement Wednesday, saying that while he supported the 2005 Gaza pullout, he now sees himself "as one of the people who were wrong. We should have done things differently."


"My problem is less whom to entrust with the role of prime minister but rather the candidate's policies. The world is undergoing new situations and the new government must adjust its policies accordingly."

What's next? Will he admit the fallacy of the Oslo Peace Process as a whole? That might mean surrending his Nobel Prize... considering he shares it with Arafat he should consider it an honor to jettison that piece of junk.


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