Peres or Peretz? Neither

Israel Matsav at the Herzliya Conference

Two Israeli politicians who may confuse some non-Israelis as to their identity are Shimon Peres and Amir Comrade Peretz.

Shimon Peres, whom many overseas regard as an ‘elder statesman’ is a political hack who has never succeeded in winning a national election in Israel. At one time, he was known to the Israeli right as “Israel’s first astronaut” because “his feet are never on the ground,” (i.e. he has no grounding in reality). Slimy Shimon lost that title when Israel’s real first astronaut – a hero pilot named Ilan Ramon – was killed on the space shuttle Columbia a few years ago. Shimon is one of the three people in Israel who still believe that the Oslo Accords – which he fathered – were a good idea.

Amir Comrade Peretz is a trade unionist, who suddenly believes that he has become an expert in defense and foreign policy matters. Peretz is the former head of the Histadrut, Israel’s ‘general labor federation.’ For those who have never experienced a Histadrut ‘general’ strike detaining them for hours in a terminal at Ben Gurion Airport, the Histadrut is like the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and the Mafia, all rolled into one. Like Peres, Peretz got his start in the Labor party, but unlike Peres, he is still there and is the party’s ‘leader,’ at least until the party elections in May. Peretz is currently competing with Peres to see who can make the stupidest statement at the Herzliya Conference, the country’s premier political-economic meeting, which is currently taking place.

Today, Peres told the Herzliya Conference:

    “I have been through 60 years of Israeli history, and I’m telling you – there have been harder days. Israel will not fall – Ahmadinejad will fall.”

And the ‘basis’ for this statement?

    “This is not 1938. It’s not the way it was then. We will not sit on the sidelines, but we also do not need to jump.”

This from the man who once said, “I have become totally tired of history, because I feel history is a long misunderstanding.” Now, he’s selling himself as a history expert.

Peres also said

    I am grateful to Nasrallah and to Ahmadinejad. Nasrallah said that the people of Israel know how to learn a lesson and draw lessons from the events they go through, and I am grateful to Ahmadinejad for doing a great job. Without him the world would not unite in an anti-Persian policy.”

Peres is conveniently ignoring that two countries with vetoes in the Security Council – Russia and China – will not go along with any meaningful sanctions against Iran. Some unity!

But Peretz outdid even Peres.

Peretz told the Herzliya Conference that he views any ‘Palestinian’ elements ‘recognizing’ the State of Israel as a partner for negotiations “even if it is Hamas.” He had lots more to say about the ‘Palestinians’:

    “We have to focus on the Palestinian arena. We must not freeze while Hamas is growing stronger. We must not reach a situation of the military being pulled into Gaza without reaching a diplomatic solution.

    The realignment plan is gone and we must form a new diplomatic plan. The Labor Party will submit a new plan to the government, combining the Road Map and the Saudi initiative. It is important for Arab countries to take part in implementing the plan.

    Israel is not the only one facing the growing risks. So are the moderate regimes in the Arab world. On the one hand, we must prepare the IDF and the defense establishment to deal with military threats while understanding the lessons of the Lebanon war. On the other hand, we must try to utilize the opportunity to the fullest. We must strengthen the moderate elements and prevent deterioration in the different arenas.

Somehow, the ‘moderate’ Arab states don’t see accepting Israel – let alone allying themselves with it – as part of the game plan. Peretz also resorted to hyperbole, claiming that Israel’s gestures to the ‘Palestinians’ are meaningless in the face of the (mostly verbal) abuse inflicted by a ‘settler’ on her neighbors in Hebron, referring to footage of such abuse recently aired on television.

January 24, 2007 | Comments Off on Peres or Peretz? Neither

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