June 27, 2009
Shimon Peres' Newfound Clout
Isabel Kershner, New York Times
AFTER 60 roller-coaster years in Israeli politics, including two stints as prime minister, Shimon Peres probably did not expect his career to take any more surprising turns. When he became president of the nation two years ago, a job usually described here as ceremonial, many Israelis assumed the man long known as a perennial plotter and dreamer would gracefully semi-retire.
Instead, Mr. Peres, 85, the last of Israel’s founding fathers in office, seems to have been reborn. Though he was often mocked here in the past as a serial election loser and has commanded less respect for his dovish political views at home than abroad, Mr. Peres is basking in more power and public acceptance than ever before.
Youthful looking and elegantly attired, he says he now enjoys...
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