In his last days in office, Shimon “Mov” Peres will be remembered for many things, including his staunch support of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and his refusal to let Palestinians return to their homes.
His legacy will be as a strong leader and an effective political negotiator, a role he played during the most violent period of the Israeli occupation.
But for many Palestinians, his legacy will also be the legacy of a president who did not care about their plight.
During the first intifada, Peres became one of the most vociferous critics of the occupation.
Peres, who is in his 50s, was a key figure in forming a government that would end the occupation, which he believed would help create a Palestinian state.
Peresh, who has said that he believes Israel is a “cancer on the planet,” also opposed the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, a Palestinian entity, as well as the Palestinian call for the creation of a sovereign state in the West bank.
He was not a supporter of Israel in the past.
The United States and other countries pressured Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians say amounts to a denial of the right of return.
When Israel decided to expand settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, Peresh called on the international community to “reject the plan and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
When Peres came to power in 2005, he promised to halt the expansion of settlements in Jerusalem and to make the occupied city a capital of a future Palestinian state in a bid to end the conflict with the Palestinians.
In his final days in power, Perez was accused of turning his back on Palestinian rights.
He has said the settlements were built to create a buffer zone against rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.
However, Pereres has denied that claim.
Israel has always insisted that the settlement blocs are essential for the security of the Jewish state and that there is no conflict between the settlements and Jerusalem, the city of worship for Jews.
During his tenure, Peretres also pushed for a massive expansion of the wall around Jerusalem.
Perez, who was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in the city, has always been one of Israel, a staunch ally of the United States, and has made clear that he would continue to defend the Jewish people.
“I do not want the peace process to be ended.
The goal is the establishment and the survival of the State of Israel,” Peres said in 2005.
However he also said that the peace negotiations were not over and that the two sides would continue working together to ensure the continued survival of Israel.
In fact, during the second intifadas, when the Palestinian protests were still in the news, Perethas office became one place where protesters could hold rallies.
In 2009, during one of these rallies, demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at a van carrying Peres and others.
Protesters were also attacked by police and arrested.
Peretes response to the protests was to condemn the protesters.
In 2014, the Israeli police arrested hundreds of people protesting in Jerusalem’s Old City for allegedly participating in a rally for the Palestinian cause.
Perethans office was the scene of another riot when hundreds of Palestinians were attacked and beaten.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, he said that during the demonstrations, he received phone calls from the Palestinian leadership urging him to intervene in order to calm things down.
“We were not able to do anything and we got the impression that some were trying to do something that would help us to resolve the situation,” he said.
“What they were saying was that we have to do what we can to bring some sort of stability to the situation.”
A former foreign minister, Perets position in the Knesset was one of those things that helped him achieve his goal of establishing a strong foreign policy.
As foreign minister in his government, Perens worked closely with Israeli President Shimon Ben-Zvi, who, as foreign minister under Peres in 2005-2007, was widely credited with breaking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Perenis foreign policy focus was on the peace talks, which took place in 2011 in the Palestinian territories.
In that same year, Perexis foreign minister spoke at the United Nations about the need to ensure a peaceful and secure Palestinian state and was an outspoken critic of the PA.
In the aftermath of the 2014 protests, he took to the streets of Jerusalem to show his support for the protesters, telling them that they had their rights and that he had a message for them: “Your struggle is our struggle, our struggle for our right to live in our country.
The world will never forget the struggle of the Palestinians.”
Peres was also a key supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which is based in the Israeli city of Ramallah.
According to the PLO, its goal is to create an independent state that is recognized by the international communities, including the United Kingdom, Israel