Tweeps React to Shimon Peres’ Death

The death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres ignited a firestorm of reaction on social media about his controversial role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. A founder of the State of Israel, Peres enjoyed a long political and military career that included a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the defunct Oslo peace process. Peres’ purportedly dovish rhetoric was marred by a record of brutal policies, foremost among them his hawkish support of settlements expansion and the 1996 Qana massacre in Lebanon.

Below are some reactions that reveal these often overlooked aspects of his career as a “peacemaker.”

Palestinian President Abbas and Shimon Peres