A drumbeat of negative commentary

With a few exceptions, reactions to Shimon Peres’s death in the Arab world painted him as a warmonger, not a peacemaker.

October 31, 2016 17:29
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Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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THOSE OLD enough to remember will never forget the striking scene of a uniformed Charles De Gaulle towering over the no less dignified Haile Selassie as they mournfully saluted John F. Kennedy’s coffin in November 1963. Thirty-two years later, Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral was punctuated by the eulogies of US president Bill Clinton, Jordan’s King Hussein and Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak, and graced by numerous additional officials from Arab states.

Shimon Peres’s funeral drew a bevy of world leaders, as well, but not from the Arab world. The contexts, of course, were far different.


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