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Shimon Peres Transformed Israel—and Himself—in His Final Act

The speech in which Shimon Peres announced his intention, for a second time, to run for Israel’s presidency, was typical him. As the story goes, the draft was written for him by some of his advisers, and the president-to-be asked to change it just a little bit. Peres, at that time, was 83 years old, and the draft speech said that this will be “my last contribution” to the country.
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