Peres with "Ben Gurion" 370.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
Media reports about the lack of sensitivity in dealing with senior citizens
prompted The Jerusalem Post to ask President Shimon Peres – a very active almost
90, about how to solve the problem.
Peres said that it was a matter of
education from the earliest possible age. Children have to be educated to
respect human dignity, he said.
“When the public calls for social
justice, it protests to the government,” he said.
The government was
responsible for the economy, Peres said, but not for the way that people treated
each other. That was the responsibility of society itself and was another form
of social justice.
Peres was unaware until told by a Post
elderly people are often left standing in buses, trains and the light rail
system, almost falling over with every lurch.
He was appalled by the
information, and again pointed out that the root of the problem was education.