Today Israel and many others in the world are saying goodbye to the last of its political giants, who was the link between the founders of the State of Israel and the present. It is hard to write about Shimon Peres in the past tense. If there has been someone ever-present in Israeli political life, since its inception, it was him. For nearly seven decades there were symbiotic relations between the man and his country.
It was only when he was elected to the more symbolic role as president that Peres turned into a father figure and at last enjoyed acceptance and love from his own peopleYossi Mekelberg