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The Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation Shimon Peres envisioned is as elusive as ever

The Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation Shimon Peres envisioned is as elusive as ever

As the world mourns for former Israeli President Shimon Peres, the eulogies will be clouded by concern that the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation he had envisioned remains as remote as ever.

“At a time when he is leaving us, the idea of the two states is going through its worst days ever,’’ said Alon Liel, a former aide to Peres and a former director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “I hope very much that the idea of two independent states living side by side will not die with Peres.”

Peres, considered the last leader from Israel’s founding generation, was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize along with Israeli Prime...

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