Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres died on Wednesday some two weeks after suffering a major stroke, his doctor said. The 93-year-old died in his sleep at around 3:00 am local time, Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, told AFP.
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Publish Date: 28September 2016 - 14:38
To the West, Shimon Peres is the ‘Nobel laureate’ and the ‘tireless
dove’ who has been widely respected for his ‘achievements’ regarding the
peace in the Middle East. However, behind this image Peres -who died on
Wednesday- represents the real face of the bloody and colonial policies
adopted by the Zionist regime.
Over seven decades, Peres served
as prime minister (twice) and president. He was a member of 12 cabinets
and had stints as defense, foreign and finance minister.
perhaps best known in the West for his role in the negotiations that led
to the 1993 Oslo Accords which won him, along with Yitzhak Rabin and
Yasser Arafat, the Nobel Peace Prize.
Born in Poland in 1923,
Peres moved along with his family to Palestine in the 1930s. As a young
man, he joined the Haganah, the militia primarily responsible for the
ethnic cleansing of Palestinian villages during the Nakba in 1947-49.
the violent displacement of the Palestinians being a matter of
historical record, Peres has always insisted that Zionist forces "upheld
the purity of arms” during the establishment of the Zionist entity,
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reported. He even claimed that before
‘Israel’ existed, "there was nothing here”.
Nuclear Weapons and Qana Massacre
was also seen as a driving force in the development of Israel’s
undeclared nuclear program. Peres has been described as "an architect of
Israel’s nuclear weapons program which, to this day, "remains outside
the scrutiny of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
1975, as secret minutes have since revealed, Peres met with South
African Defense Minister PW Botha and "offered to sell nuclear warheads
to the apartheid regime.” In 1986, Peres authorized the Mossad operation
that saw nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu kidnapped in Rome.
then had a key role in the military regime imposed on Palestinian
citizens until 1966, under which authorities carried out mass land theft
He has been also known for supporting illegal settlements in the West Bank.
prime minister in 1996, Peres ordered and oversaw "Operation Grapes of
Wrath” when Israeli armed forces killed some 154 civilians in Lebanon
and injured another 351. The operation, widely believed to have been a
pre-election show of strength, saw Lebanese civilians intentionally
The campaign’s most notorious attack was the Qana
massacre, when Israel shelled a United Nations compound and killed 106
Defending Blockade, Wars on Gaza
Perese also defended the collective punishment and military brutality against the besieged Gaza strip.
January 2009, Peres urged "national solidarity” behind the ‘Operation
Cast Lead’, describing the campaign as "Israel’s finest hour.”
"Operation Pillar of Defense” in November 2012, Peres "took on the job
of helping the Israeli public relations effort, communicating the
Israeli narrative to world leaders,” in the words of Ynetnews.
2014, during an unprecedented bombardment of Gaza, Peres stepped up once
again to whitewash war crimes. After Israeli forces killed four small
children playing on a beach, Peres knew who to blame – the Palestinians:
"It was an area that we warned would be bombed,” he said. "And
unfortunately they didn’t take out the children.”