Sunday, March 25, 2007

Peres' Military Record

David Bedein at Behind the News is claiming that Shimon Peres Falsifies his Military Record on the Knesset
(here, too The Philadelphia Bulletin )

It was discovered that the internationally-known elder statesman of Israel's Knesset Parliament, Shimon Peres, 83, the member of the Israeli Knesset who has served longer than any other member of the Knesset - since 1959 - has falsified his "c.v." on the official Knesset Web site.

..."Military Service Haganah; IDF; Temporary Head of Naval Services, 1950" Except that Peres never served in the Haganah, the pre-state army which was one of the armies that fought for the independence of the state of Israel, and Peres never served in the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces, and Peres was far from being the "temporary head of Naval Services" in 1950.

In terms of the role played by Peres in Israel's naval history, in the official archive of the Israel Defense Forces, entitled Israeli Naval Military Operations, published in 1964 when Peres was the deputy of Defense, Gershon Zack is identified as the head of Israel's naval services before Israel's declaration of independence in May 1948, and Paul Shuman is identified as the head of the Israeli navy after May 1948. Meanwhile, the official Israel Ministry of Defense Lexicon of Israeli Defense, published in 1976 when Peres was minister of Defense, identifies Peres as only holding a desk job at the new Israel Ministry of Defense, "responsible for naval matters," appointed to that position in 1949 . . .

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