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Poslední otec-zakladatel Izraele

TEL AVIV – V roce 2006, rok před zvolením Šimona Perese izraelským prezidentem, vydal Michael Bar-Zohar hebrejskou verzi své Peresovy biografie. Kniha nesla příhodný titul Jako Fénix: v té době už se Peres více než 60 let aktivně podílel na izraelské politice a veřejném životě.

Peresova kariéra měla své vrcholy i stinná místa. Vyšplhal se do nadoblačných výšin, utrpěl pokořující nezdary – a prošel několika inkarnacemi. Jako pilíř izraelského národně-bezpečnostního vedení se později stal zapáleným mírotvorcem a neustále udržoval vztah lásky a nenávisti s izraelskou veřejností, která ho důsledně odmítala zvolit premiérem, ale zároveň ho obdivovala, když neměl reálnou moc a neusiloval o ni.

Peres se nenechal odradit nepřízní osudu a stále směřoval vpřed, kam ho táhly ctižádost a pocit poslání a pomáhaly mu talent a tvořivost. Byl to samouk, nenasytný čtenář a plodný spisovatel – muž, jehož každých pár let ovládla a inspirovala nějaká nová myšlenka: nanověda, lidský mozek, hospodářský rozvoj Blízkého východu.

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