Shimon Peres, R.I.P.
The former Israeli President, who was the chief architect of its nuclear weapons program and a driving force behind its interim peace accords with the Palestinians, has died after suffering a stroke. I have long thought that being President of Israel is the hardest job in the world, because not only do your neighbors want to annihilate you, but you are subject to the lies and betrayals of others, most notably presidents of the United States, such as Barack Obama, who court the Jewish vote assiduously for elections, then stab you in the back because they believe in the laughably misnamed peace process.
Peres was not as fine an orator as Benjamin Netanyahu, but he still managed to outwork and outlive all his rivals, no mean feat in and of itself in the mean times he lived in. Whatever you view of Peres, you must admit he had an interesting life.