Shimon Peres could change. Can the Israelis and the Palestinians?

Peres’ life and career spanned the history of modern Israel, from isolated upstart to regional power

THE LIFETIME OF SHIMON PERES, who died on Sept. 28 at age 93, spanned the lifetime of the state of Israel. Born in what is now Belarus, his family moved to Tel Aviv more than a decade before Israel was founded in 1948. He lived on a kibbutz when those communal settlements and a utopian, leftist ideology defined the nascent state. He was also an architect of the Israel Defense

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