Yesterday, 84 year-old Shimon Peres was elected as the 9th president of Israel. He well deserves it (and so does Israel!), unlike his rapist predecessor, Moshe Katsav; a worthless imbecile who brought Israel only shame. Peres lost many of his political duels during his 65-year career as a politician, but he always kept on going, despite appearing pitiful; people commonly called him a “perpetual looser”. What’s better though, a person with an overly developed sense of pride, or someone who doesn’t give up fighting for what he believes?
Peres was always undervalued in Israel because intellect is not exactly seen as a pre-requisite for politicians there (and in many other places). Yossi Verter tells a joke about Peres:
So Shimon Peres comes out of a visit with the King of Thailand, according to the joke, and he goes to the local market and buys some elegant fabric. He takes it to a Thai tailor and asks him to make him a suit from it. The tailor looks at the fabric and says to him: I’m sorry – It’s only enough for a pair of pants, if that.
The next day he flies to London. He takes the fabric from Thailand to a top tailor. It’s enough for a sleeve at most, the tailor tells him.
That evening he’s in Paris and goes to see another tailor. Maybe I’ll be able to sew you a sock, the tailor says. Disappointed, Peres returns to Israel. On his way to party headquarters, he stops by his usual tailor on Lilienblum Street. Can you do something with this fabric, Peres asks. I’ll make you two suits, says the tailor. And an extra pair of pants.
Stupefied, Peres asks: How is it that abroad the fabric is hardly enough for anything while here you can sew me half a wardrobe out of it? That’s easy, replies the tailor, laughing. Abroad, you’re a giant.