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Statesmanship versus Demagoguery

The death of President Shimon Peres highlights the stark difference in leadership between him and Prime Minister Netanyahu--the difference between a statesman and a demagogue. Peres never hesitated to change his position and embrace policies from the left, right, or center as long as it served the country's interests and advanced peace, which he always placed above party politics.
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