Shimon Peres is the current President of Israel, and was prime minister of Israel in 1977, 1984 - 1986, and from 1995 - 1996. He is regarded internationally as one of the less belligerent Israeli leaders.
On 18th April 1996, the UN shelter at Qana was shelled, killed 107 of the hundreds of Lebanese civilians who were taking refuge there. Peres insisted that “everything was done with clear logic and in a responsible way.” The reason the civilians were fleeing in the first place was because of an operation ordered by Peres called Grapes of Wrath, which ended up displacing about 400,000 Lebanese people.
Thankfully, since then, the Israelis have concentrated their fire on the Arabs in the occupied territories, which is fine, because who cares?
He also supported the ongoing policy of building Jewish settlements on stolen Arab land, internationally recognised as a war crime.
He was integral to the negotiations for the purchase of the Dimona nuclear reactor, which is widely understood to be specifically dedicated to the manufacture of nuclear weapons, and represents the introduction of nuclear capabilities to the Middle East. When Iran (arguably) attempted the same thing, he said “Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map”.
The point of this post is not to trash the character of Shimon Peres. The point of this point is to explain how far down the “Well of Death” Israel has fallen when someone like Shimon Peres, who would be regarded as a war criminal anywhere else, can be see as so politically neutral (or even pro-peace) that he gets a Nobel Peace Prize and a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.