A Non-Jew Becomes President of Israel

Does the title of this article appear outlandish?

Prof. Paul Eidelberg,

Paul Eidelberg
Paul Eidelberg
Does the title of this article appear outlandish to you? If so, you don't know Shimon Peres.

He applied for Israel's membership in the Arab League.

First of all, Peres has long advocated the transformation of Israel from a Jewish state to "a state of its citizens." Second, consider this excerpt from Mr. Peres's interview with Ha'aretz following his defeat by Benjamin Netanyahu in the May 1996 prime ministerial election:

Interviewer: What happened in this election?
Peres: "We lost."

Interviewer: Who is we?
Peres: "We, that is the Israelis."

Interviewer: And who won?
Peres: "All those who do not have an Israeli mentality."

Interviewer: And who are they?
Peres: "Call it the Jews."

Based on his own words, it is not outlandish to call Shimon Peres a non-Jew. Indeed, when Peres was Israel's foreign minister in the 1991-1995 Rabin government, he applied for Israel's membership in the Arab League. Any sensible person would have deemed Peres a jackass. But such has been the decline of sense or sensibility in Israel that this jackass is deemed Israel's "elder statesman."

Third, this "elder statesman" was the architect of the disastrous Oslo Accords, or the Israel-PLO Agreement of 1993. Since it was he, more than anyone, who rehabilitated PLO chief Yasser Arafat and brought that villain to Israel, Peres must be deemed complicit in the murder of more than 1,500 Jews.

How fitting, therefore, are the words of Moshe Sharett, a former Israeli prime minister, who said of Peres: "I have stated that I totally and utterly reject Peres and consider his rise to prominence a malignant, immoral disgrace. I will rend my clothes in mourning for the State if I see him become a minister in the Israeli government." (Personal Memoirs, 1957)

But now let us pause and ask: Can we benefit at all from the "malignant, immoral disgrace" resulting from Shimon Peres's rise to prominence as Israel's president?

Yes, if this galvanizes thoughtful and patriotic Jews to work together to render his costly office unnecessary, by advocating an executive presidential system of government to replace Israel's divisive and corrupting system of multi-party cabinet government. This has been one of the objectives of the Yamin Israel party. However, an executive
This impossible politician has never had to compete against a rival candidate.
presidency must be balanced by a strong legislature, one whose members are individually accountable to the voters rather than to party oligarchs.

It is the lack of accountability that has enabled Peres to remain in the Knesset for some six decades. This impossible politician has never had to compete against a rival candidate in a district election, a rival candidate that would expose Peres's record of duplicity and incompetence, of political sabotage and collaboration with the enemy.

If we do not purge Israel of this "malignant, immoral disgrace" - perpetrated by a Knesset whose members do not really represent the voters, indeed, who are despised by a vast majority of the public - the so-called Jewish State will surely, if not deservedly, perish.

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