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Peres And Babe Ruth
By Micah Halpern

Friday June 1, 2007

I've Been Thinking:

Shimon Peres has declared his candidacy for President of Israel.
It is a largely ceremonial position, in Israel the power belongs to the Prime Minister.

For Peres, this is deja vu all over again.
In 2000 he lost what most analysts assumed was a done deal bid for the office.
Now, he wants to run again.

Shimon Peres has true international clout.
A Nobel Prize Laureate who speaks with a credible voice that nations respect, there is no doubt that as president Peres would have access to world leaders like no other Israeli leader has ever had - the country would benefit greatly.
But rather then wow the world, to become President of Israel Peres has to sway his colleagues in the Israeli Knesst.

Peres is a phenomenon - he has what I call the Babe Ruth/Michael Jordan syndrome. He just cannot walk quietly into the sunset. He runs the risk of diminishing the greatness of his career by hanging on and on and on.

Both his country and the man would be better served if Shimon Peres allowed himself to become a private citizen elder statesman offering the perspective of one who led Israel during many different and often difficult periods.

Instead, Shimon Peres will probably best be remembered as a leader who just never knew when to hang up his spikes, as a self-serving politician with a lust for power that drove him to self-implode.

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