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Ron Pundak, Active in Many Failed Peace Initiatives, Dead at 59

Ron Pundak was involved in many leftist "peace initatives" and declared that Israel could live with a nuclear Iran.
Ron Pundak, co-chairman of a peace NGO

Ron Pundak, co-chairman of a peace NGO
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Ron Pundak, who was the executive director of the Peres Center for Peace, an architect of the Oslo Accords, and an active participant in the Geneva Initiative, died from cancer on Friday. Pundak was 59 years old.

Pundak is being widely lauded as a great peace activist and a visionary.

Israel’s President Shimon Peres said that Pundak, was a warrior, a man of values and an intellectual.

“He [Pundak] dedicated his whole life for the achievement of peace with our neighbors. He was willing to do anything for peace, sacrifice his life and dedicated each and every moment of his life to it. Ron was a family man, a great soul and he will be missed,” Peres said.

Israeli politician Tzipi Livni said: “There are war heroes but Ron was hero of peace. He was a Zionist who believed in peace and was not deterred by extremists, cynics and the hopeless.”

However, the Oslo Accords and the Geneva Initiative have both resulted in great harm to Israel.

And at the J Street Conference in 2011, Ron Pundak told the audience something to which they responded with thunderous applause.

“Israel,” Pundak said, “can live with a nuclear Iran and it must not base its policies on a worst-case scenario.”

Funeral arrangements had not yet been made before Shabbat.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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20 Responses to “Ron Pundak, Active in Many Failed Peace Initiatives, Dead at 59”

  1. He passed away to young. Very sad.

  2. Praying for the family

  3. So sad, and much too soon..

  4. One that was never able to release himself from mental slavery! Pleasing the Arabs, the world , in return Israel got more terrorism, rockets on the south. Enough already !! Peres, livni, this Guy and like him are nothing but delusional !Einstein once said “stupidity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results ” you can’t force the Arabs to love or even like you ! it is really sad to realize and admit that trough out our history there were those that help the people that wanted us dead

  5. I do not wish for anyone to be sick nor to be hurt, but in this case I am not happy but I am not sad either !! I am hurt for Israel !!

  6. Ilana Klein says:

    I am very sorry to hear that Ron Pundak died.

  7. RIP Mr. Pundak. He reminds me of Moshe Sharett – who I wish had prevailed.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Sharett

  8. …all his failed peace initiatives couldn’t open his eyes to the obvious… ;)

  9. Tough according to the Jewish religion, it is forbidden to badmouthing a dead man, I say, thank God he died and not a moment too early. This damn man along with Shimon Peres, Yossi Baylin and other extreme leftists, brought on Israel the most notorious time ever known called “Intifada” which cost Israel Thousands of deaths. We feel no sorrow for his death and hops for the rest of them very soon.

  10. …sad that his failing peace initiatives attempts blinded and obscures his vision to the naked truth hence he never saw the light… ;)

  11. Ben II says:

    another appeaser of Islamic terrorism.

  12. Gone but not mourned.

  13. Yori Mendel says:

    Reread those Words…. Leftist, as in Communism.

  14. Sissy Jordan says:

    The only peace for Israel will be a fake deceptional peace…for a short while. These people do not want peace with Israel, they just want Israel’s Holy Land. They want to take over.
    May God bless this man for trying. A true heart. RIP. He is with the Lord now.

  15. Stuart Kaufman says:

    A man is known b y his enemies and his friends. That this feckless fool was eulogized by Peres, Livni and the J Streeters speaks volumes about him.

  16. Ken Man says:

    Well after all this time these stupid lefties should wake up to the fact THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYED, I have a lefty Jewish friend she thinks & sees the best in people, I mean it’s nice BUT what a trail of mishaps & sorrow it’s left in her life, there seems to be a pattern with needy Jews wanting to be loved by the world, me… I shake my head in disbelief at how stupid the idealist leftists really are

  17. C'était tout simplement un énuque de chalom ahchav.
    J'espère que dans sa prochaine incarnation il sera un vrai juif, c'est-à-dire un juif sioniste, se rappelant d'où ses ancestres juifs viennent et d'où ils ont été expulsés. Bref, j'espère qu'il sera un vrai juif tsadik.

  18. Sam Gilon says:

    Pundak and another deranged professor by the name of Hirschfeld, together with Yossi Beilin (whom Rabin call "Peres's poodle") and Shimon Peres acted without government authorization and behind Rabin's back, leaving him with a fait accomplis, to give us the Oslo Accord which later on turned into the Oslo War (the so called "second intifada"). Had it been in the US all of them would have been slapped with the Logan Act.

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