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The Monitor's View Peres’s legacy of an expectant faith in peace

He was Israel’s driver of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, which offered a model for Colombia’s peace process. Can Colombia’s peace pact now be a model for Israel?

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Few conflicts have lasted for generations like the one between Israelis and Palestinians. Despair remains high over ending their hostility. But this was not the case for Shimon Peres. The former Israeli leader was a key architect of the 1993 Oslo Accords. While that pact eventually failed, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate always pointed to other conflicts, such as the one in Northern Ireland, that ended through a recognition by each side of the other’s dignity and interests.

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