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Friday, October 07, 2016 

If Shimon Peres stopped attack plans against Iran, that was wrong

I didn't post about Shimon Peres's passing last week because the man really was a galling disgrace in his latter years, and I don't see the point in saying a man who advocated validating the PLO was someone to admire. Now, there comes word that Peres made one of his last acts preventing a strike on Iran:
Former Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief Steve Linde revealed in a column on Thursday that former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who passed away this week, confided in him two years ago that he had prevented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from striking Iran.
From the article itself, what's told here sounds very disgusting:
If not for Shimon Peres’s intervention, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was planning to bomb Iran, the former president revealed confidentially to The Jerusalem Post over two years ago. [...]

During the course of the conversation (in which just the three of us sat and chatted over coffee), Brinn asked Peres what he considered the greatest achievement of his presidency. He responded by saying that he had personally intervened to stop Netanyahu from ordering a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.

The following is based on my notes:

Peres: I stopped Netanyahu from attacking Iran.

Me: Can you tell us more?

Peres: I don’t want to go into details, but I can tell you that he was ready to launch an attack and I stopped him. I told him the consequences would be catastrophic.

“Can we report this?” I asked.

“When I’m dead,” Peres replied, with a wry smile.
I don't know if this is actually true - read the rest and you'll notice that there's at least 2 former military officials who also opposed a strike on Iran, which is alarming. But his own opposition in itself is disturbing, and just proves he was nobody admirable. Now it could be more difficult than ever to stop Iran's tyranny, and Peres is one of at least a few people who have to shoulder the blame.

So Peres won't be missed. He only did everything to hurt Israel and endanger its safety. And the editor who kept this secret is just as guilty.

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