Shimon Peres on Mandela and Apartheid: Now & Then

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The world lost a great leader who changed the course of history. On behalf of the citizens of Israel we mourn alongside the nations of the world and the people of South Africa, who lost an exceptional leader. Nelson Mandela was a fighter for human rights who left an indelible mark on the struggle against racism and discrimination. He was a passionate advocate for democracy, a respected mediator, a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people. Nelson Mandela’s legacy for his people and for the world will forever remain engraved in the pages of history and the hearts of all those who were touched by him. He will be remembered forever.


From Shimon Peres’s Facebook page.


In November 1974, Shimon Peres came to Pretoria to meet secretly with South African leaders. After the trip he wrote to his hosts thanking them for helping to establish a “vitally important” link between the two governments. Peres — who routinely denounced apartheid in public — went on to stress that “this cooperation is based not only on common interests and on the determination to resist equally our enemies, but also on the unshakeable foundations of our common hatred of injustice and out refusal to submit to it.” Peres predicted that “the new links which you have helped to forge between our two countries will develop into a close identity of aspirations and interests which will turn out to be of longstanding benefit to our countries.” Over the next two decades Peres’s prediction would prove to be remarkably accurate.

He met South African defense minister P.W. Botha the following year in Switzerland, and it was there that the two ministers laid the foundation for an enduring military relationship.

From The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa, p. 80.


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Nelson shouldnt have gone to Israel.

Peres told the leader of Cameroon that a Jew and apartheid do not go together.
Perhaps he meant that in Israel they are actually one.

Nelson Mandela was a fighter for human rights (which are not recognized here) who left an indelible mark on the struggle against racism and discrimination (which does not apply to Jews here) . He was a passionate advocate for democracy (which we cannot afford here) , a respected mediator (which we refuse here), a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue (which we string along here) who… Read more »

RE seafoid’s little pony, moms and apple pie…..

If one was to marvle about Simon Peres’ salient character feature –
Go and see what
Uri Avnery tells about his country’s president: No.1 Deceiptful and a hypocrite par excellence.

in those days the south Africans needed military assistance fighting the communist influences in Africa on behalf of America much like Israel did in the middle east.the Russians supplied arms to the anc in south Africa,the Egyptians and Syrians. the americans through Israel supported the south African government in its fight against the Cubans for the oil in angola which was being pumped by gulf oil here is some background “apartheid” in south Africa… Read more »