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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Observation: President Peres Cannot have It Both Ways

Observation: President Peres Cannot have It Both Ways

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 30 December 2012

When representatives of the Likud Party responded today to public remarks
made by President Shimon Peres that criticized Netanyahu for not finding a
partner for peace in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Labor
chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich responded by saying that "The Likud's lashing
out at the president of the country, one of the symbols of the state of
Israel, is aggressive and contemptible."

But Mr. Peres cannot have it both ways.

If he wants to enjoy the immunity from criticism of a president of Israel,
he has to limit himself to his apolitical presidential functions.

But if Mr. Peres wants to participate in the rough and tumble of the policy
debate in particular in weeks before the national elections, then it is an
affront to the very lifeblood of the democratic process for those who
disagree with his views to be forced into silence.

Because the moment that we enter the policy debate, then to be frank about
it, Mr. Peres is painfully short on depth.

Mr. Peres is candid on this, arguing that there is absolutely no
significance to the past be it what happened decades ago or days ago.

And once you take the position that the policy debate cannot be argued by
bringing evidence from the past the analysis is more a matter of the ability
to turn a phrase than anything else.

And that suits Mr. Peres just fine.

Because Shimon Peres has been on the wrong side of history in policy making
for decades.

What can Mr. Peres do now?

He can welcome the criticism of the Likud and argue back on a substantive
basis.

Debate yes.

Immunity. No.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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