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.
For Peres, this is deja vu all over again.
Shimon Peres has true international clout.
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.