Shimon Peres is Israel’s leading diplomat and politician. He just presided over a Israel-Palestinian Peace Soccer match in Barcelona, sponsored by his Peres Center for Peace. While Ariel Sharon may be running the show, clearly, Peres, as deputy PM has been heavily involved in Israel’s current diplomatic triumphs. Now both have left their political birthing grounds, and go it alone.
Peres is also responsible for Israel being a Nuclear power.
Vice Premier Shimon Peres is leaving the Labor Party, wrapping up a 46-year-long membership in one of Israel’s largest political factions….Some 70 mayors, heads of local councils attend [Sharon]’s first activists’ meeting since forming Kadima. Sharon’s backers say meeting ‘overwhelming sucess’
The news surfaced during talks with reporters in Barcelona, where the veteran leader signaled his intention to abandon the political house he dwelled in for nearly half a century.
So now, Sharon has left Likud and Peres Labor. The “new guard” are hungry for political influence and power, and the old guard just will not let go.
I remember my time with Peres when he visited Poland as Foreign Minister. He has a gift for language and charming he pants off of Europeans. He entertained the Polish political establishment as he does everywhere he goes. Sharon and Peres together represent a formidable political entity that Israel has not had in decades.
But what Israel needs now is UNITY. So lets pray, or at least this here Rabbi will pray, that Israel is able to be united behind a common purpose. I know that many on the right harbor resentment towards Peres and Sharon now. Whatever government wins though, we must realize, that Israel decides its own fate not only at the ballot box, but internally.
Israel is a place that is sensitive to internal unity or strife. We can loose everything if we do not find a way to be unified and strong and resolute that Jews love Jews. That is why our withdrawal from Gaza, while painful, was a kiddush hashem, it was a in the end a testament to the power of Judaism, to our people, to our love and respect for the sanctity of life.
Judaism first brought this concept to the world, that life is sacred, with Abraham and Sarah. These prophets stood apart from the rest of the world to declare that there is One God. And this One God, does not need human sacrifices, but humanitarian love and care.
So, wow, I have gotten off topic, not unusual for a Rabbi. Keep the faith and keep on learning torah.