Shimon Peres’ life spanned the spectrum of Israel’s history, and as such, he played a role in all of its controversial episodes. On the one hand, he’s heralded as a hero by those who supported the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize, but on the other, he’s decried as a war criminal for his involvement with the Haganah during the Nakba and for his leading role in secretly developing Israel’s nuclear weapons program.
Love him or hate him, and he sure has more than his fair share of advocates and opponents, Peres will go down in history as one of the most iconic faces of Israel, and his passing closes a major chapter in the Middle East’s history.
Andrei Fedorov, Director, Center for Political Studies and Russia’s former Deputy Foreign Minister (studio guest); Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, a professor and Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute; Michael Chlenov, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress; and professor Yoram Meital, Chairperson of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) shared their assessment.
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