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Peres Family Members Summoned to President’s Bedside for Final Goodbye

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Members of the Peres family were summoned to the bedside of Israel’s ninth president, Shimon Peres, on Tuesday to say their last goodbyes, according to Channel 10 TV news. The former president’s medical condition drastically deteriorated as Peres appeared to be heading for general organ failure. His breathing, kidney function and other vital signs were sluggish, indicating “a source for worry,” doctors said, according to Hebrew-language media. He was listed Tuesday evening in critical condition. Two weeks ago the 93-year-old statesman suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Chaim Sheba Medical Center. Initially he was listed in serious but stable condition and slowly began to improve, initially responding to simple directives, recognizing at least one relative and squeezing the hands of one of them. Last week doctors began to slowly reduce the former president’s sedation. They also attempted to reduce his body’s dependence on the respirator. But his personal physician and son-in-law — also the deputy director of the medical center — Prof. Rafi Walden, said “his condition is extremely serious.” But the situation took a severe turn for the worse on Tuesday, his neurological condition rapidly deteriorating. Sources at the hospital said Peres had suffered irreversible brain damage. All close members of the family were at the bedside of the former president Tuesday.

President Reuven Rivlin is on a state visit to Ukraine and shared the news about Peres with the country’s lawmakers during an address to the parliament in Kiev, referring to his predecessor as “my friend, Shimon Peres.

“My thoughts are with Israel’s ninth president Shimon Peres, who is fighting for his life at these very moments… The president was a guest of honor in this house and a friend of the Ukrainian people,” Rivlin said, “and saw the great importance of strengthening the ties between the states.”

“In the name of the Israeli people, and people around the world, we pray for his recovery.”

Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef visited the bedside of the former president also on Tuesday, and told media he read a passage from Tehillim during the visit. “He was a friend of my father’s, and the two of us had a great relationship,” the Chief Rabbi said.

“An hour before my father died, he came and held his hand. We had a great relationship between us and he respected every living thing, respected the rabbis, loved Torah and is very virtuous.”

Shas Minister Arye Deri and Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch visited the hospital room of the former president. Both said prayers for his recovery.

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UPDATE: Serious Deterioration in Peres’ Condition, Brain Damage Irreversible

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres’ family members on Tuesday told reporters there has been a severe deterioration in his condition. They say the doctors have not been able to wake him up and he has been completely unresponsive. Tests he underwent earlier on Tuesday showed the damage to his brain is irreversible.

According to Peres’s personal physician and son-in-law Prof. Raphy Walden, Peres, 93, is “in very serious condition” and his medical team is afraid of an approaching collapse of his systems since there hasn’t been a significant improvement in his condition.

In recent days Peres has undergone a series of tests that showed his indicators are stable, but he continues to be in serious condition and the family at his bedside is not optimistic about his chances for recovery. Hospital sources have said that despite the fact that his condition has not worsened, “each passing day makes it more difficult to be optimistic.”

On Monday the hospital released a statement saying the former president’s condition remains stable and his indicators have not changed, as his medical team proceeds with applying conservative care in keeping with his neurological and general condition. Last weekend his breathing was reported to have improved a little. The medical team attempted to remove him gradually from the ventilator, and his anesthetic drugs have been reduced. The doctors even reported some attempts on the patient’s part to communicate and to follow instructions such as raising his hands. But on Tuesday his conditioned has worsened.

David Israel

Shimon Peres

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

On Tuesday afternoon, Shimon Peres, 93, suffered a mild stroke. Later that evening his condition worsened, and now (Wednesday morning) he is fighting for his life.

I was surprised at how sad I felt. After all, Shimon Peres is a man that I have bitterly criticized time after time. He was one of the so-called “architects of Oslo,” the men who secretly violated the law to negotiate with the PLO, and then presented their deal as a fait accompli to PM Rabin, who had no choice but to go along. How could an Israeli PM reject an offer of peace? Rabin thought he could manage the process, but the pressure that was immediately applied to him by the US placed him in the position of someone stuck on the back of an angry bull and told to ride. And then, ironically enough, he was assassinated by a right-wing extremist.

Coincidentally, Tuesday was the 23rd anniversary of the festive signing of the Oslo Accord on the White House Lawn. I wouldn’t have known – it is not a ‘festive’ day in Israel, not at all.

I wrote that the actions of Peres, Yossi Beilin and others bordered on treason. I wrote that Beilin and the ones who went to Oslo for secret talks with PLO representatives should be prosecuted, and that Peres, who as Foreign Minister directed the negotiations without informing Rabin, should be forced to retire from public life.

I opposed Peres’ candidacy for President of the State of Israel. He never repudiated Oslo, even after the Second Intifada that took the lives of more than 1000 innocent Israelis, even after it became clear that bringing Arafat and the PLO back from exile was the single worst mistake made by any Israeli government since 1948, even after PLO incitement gave us the “Stabbing Intifada.” An arrogant man, he never said “we were wrong,” he never apologized for his role (as far as I know, neither did Beilin).

His arrogance is the arrogance of the Left, the unwavering belief that they know better than the rest of us, and that the end justifies the means. Every time he opened his mouth I was annoyed.

I wanted to yell at him “Admit it! Admit you were wrong!” But he wouldn’t.

As President, he lived like Louis XIV. His maintenance cost Israel almost $16.5 million between 2012 and 2014.

And yet, I find myself feeling remarkably sorrowful. Because this man loves his country and loves the Jewish people in a way that very few of our politicians do. He came to Israel in 1934 at the age of 11, and as a young man he became involved in the politics of the yishuv. He took on many military and political responsibilities over the years, including numerous ministries and three terms as PM.

Some say that he was responsible for Israel’s obtaining its nuclear deterrent. I don’t know, but he did play a key role in building the nuclear reactor in Dimona.

Peres has always been a Zionist. Unlike some Ha’aretz writers, he never said that if the Jewish state failed to conform to his model, he would move to Europe. He does not believe that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the Jewishness of the state and democracy, nor that the former should be sacrificed in the name of the latter. A symbol of the Ashkenazi establishment, he nevertheless didn’t call anyone “chachchachim.”

Just hours before his stroke, Peres posted a video on Facebook (Hebrew), calling on Israelis to buy Israeli-made products, “not just because it’s more patriotic, but simply because they are better.”

May Shimon ben Sara have a full and speedy recovery.

Vic Rosenthal

Arab Journalist Attacks Arab MK Who Said Peres Was Covered in Arab Blood

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Lucy Aharish, an Israeli-Arab news presenter, reporter, and television host, on Wednesday launched a sharp attack on MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List), who maligned the ailing former president Shimon Peres, even as the latter was fighting for his life at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.

Aharish, who has a regular editorial segment on Israel’s Channel 2, titled “Talk of the Day,” told her viewers, “I’ve met President Peres several times in my life. The first was when I was invited to the President’s residence together with my mother on International Women’s Day; the second was in an interview I conducted with him as part of my work; and the last time was when I interviewed him in London in an evening in his honor. That evening, I saw the president on stage for half an hour, in front of about a thousand people who were hanging on his words of wisdom and enlightenment.”

How different have those experiences been, Aharish said, “from the words of slander, hatred and hostility that were written by MK Ghattas.” She advised the Arab MK to fill his mouth with water (a polite way of saying “shut up”), especially in light of the fact that he hasn’t done for Israeli Arabs one eighth of what Peres has done, including for those who didn’t vote for him.

“You don’t represent me,” Aharish told Ghattas, “nor the hundreds of Arab children who are taking part in coexistence projects sponsored by Shimon Peres, while you are busy spreading hatred, incitement and distance between nations.”

“Peres is covered from head to toe in our blood, and so we don’t hasten to contribute to the collective tribal festival of grief and loss,” MK Ghattas posted on his Facebook page. Aharish responded: “What can I really expect from a freeloader who gets his pay off our taxes, yes, yes, my taxes, too, and does nothing more than cause even more hate towards Arabs.”

Aharish called on Ghattas to apologize not just to Shimon Peres and his family, but also to Israeli Arabs, who had all been “blackened” by his “devious words.”

In April 2015, Aharish was one of twelve Israelis chosen to light torches in the official ceremony kicking off Israel’s 67th Independence Day celebrations. MK Ghattas attacked her, saying her lighting the torch does not symbolize coexistence but rather the success of the winning side to “integrate the loss so deeply in their victim until she shows her appreciation to the oppressor and his victory.”

JNi.Media

A Soldier’s Mother: Why Should You Pray for Shimon Peres?

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

I was asked that question by someone who is, quite justifiably, angry and disgusted by many of the things that Shimon Peres did in his life.

I thought about the question, struggled with it for barely a second, and said the first thing that came to mind, “because he’s a Jew, because he’s a human being.”

That’s it. Really. He is someone’s father, someone’s grandfather, even someone’s great grandfather. I have never agreed with his politics. I thought he was a terrible politician, a decent president except when he broke the rules and flaunted his politics.

I’ll never think he is/was a great man. I’m glad he had such a strong record of losing elections. I think he did a lot of damage to Israel by apologizing for things long before blame could be determined (and never apologizing when the blame he readily accepted on our behalf was proven not to be ours at all).

I think he lived his life overshadowed by the memory of the Holocaust and the need of many Jews from Europe, to bow before the non-Jew, to appease the calm rather than fight. He was never much of a fighter.

But it doesn’t matter now because ultimately, God will decide. His future is in God’s hands and it isn’t my place to wish upon him some everlasting punishment. I will pray for his recovery; I will pray that God forgives him.

I believe in his way, he loves this land and spent a lifetime trying to serve it as best he could. He is part of a generation mostly lost to us. A generation that was taught to relate to the world and other peoples in a way that helped perpetuate our weakness.

Will I mourn for Shimon Peres? Honestly, probably not much. He helped bring us Oslo, which is responsible for so much of the problems we have today inside our country and in our relationship with the world. That it was doomed to fail, makes it all the more sad and unnecessary.

Shimon Peres is a gentleman, a man of culture. In his own way, I have heard he is a kind man. He was never much of a leader, not for a country like Israel, which is surrounded by our enemies, constantly at war, always on defense. He came from Europe. He was a product of Europe and the Western world, transplanted into the Middle East.

I will wish him well. I will wish him peace in the world to come. He deprived so many of peace in this world by running, always running down the wrong roads. So many failures on his part because he was never strong enough to insist that the right message be delivered. The strong message that we are here to stay and we will remain here by right and even by might, when needed.

I’ve heard Shimon Peres speak many times over the years. He is witty and smart. He can be charming. I can only hope that whatever tasks God offers to him in the world to come, are more suited to the man he wished he was, rather than the man we needed him to be.

Ultimately, in these sad hours, what it comes down to is no longer the political life he led, but the family he leaves behind. They deserve our prayers, our hopes that he will stay with them longer. At the end of the say, as his wife Sonia wanted him to remember, it really is about family. May God offer them comfort in these hours.

Paula Stern

Bill Clinton Inquired about Shimon Peres’ Condition

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Former US President Bill Clinton called on Tuesday to inquire about the health of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Peres is at Sheba Medical Center, where he remains in serious but stable condition as of Wednesday morning, having suffered a severe stroke Tuesday night, according to Sheba Director Yitzhak Kreiss.

President Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak at Shimon Peres’ birthday celebration in Israel on June 17, 2013. The fee was paid by the Jewish National Fund, which Ha’aretz at the time wrote was a “cause for embarrassment.”

At the 90th birthday celebration, Clinton said, “It was my great honor to be here when President Peres celebrated his 80th birth day, I am now here at his 90th birthday. He is clearly the world’s greatest visionary, one of the reasons he lived this long is he always thinks of the future not the past, he is always thinking about tomorrow. Just tonight he promised me that he would attend my 80th birthday, that he would attend my 90th birthday, that he would speak at my funeral.”

“The rest of you are here celebrating his infinite wisdom, I came to get his diet,” Clinton quipped.

David Israel

Arab MK Maligns the Dying Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) on Wednesday uploaded on his Facebook page a “Proactive post,” as he himself called it, about the true feelings of Israeli Arabs about former President Shimon Peres, who is in hospital in “serious but stable condition.”

Ghattas wrote: “Is Shimon Peres getting to his inevitable end? We can’t know for sure, the man has seven lives, but he is undoubtedly on his last life at that.

“We should note that Peres was one of the strongest pillars of the Zionist colonial settlement project, and the harshest and most extreme, inflicting the longest-lasting damages on the Palestinian people and the Arab people.

“But Shimon Peres succeeded, in spite of all those qualities, in portraying himself as a dove of peace, even to get the Nobel Peace Prize, which he could never have achieved without our direct and indirect, intentional and unintentional help, which we offered him throughout his life.

“Let us at least in his death remember his essence as a tyrant, who administered the war crimes committed against us. Peres is covered from head to toe in our blood, and so we don’t hasten to contribute to the collective tribal festival of grief and loss.”

JNi.Media

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