I’ve argued here after his dust-up with Turkey’s prime minister at Davos that he was senile and should be kept under lock and key. This photo may be further proof that my advice should’ve been heeded. They say that boys shouldn’t play with guns, but clearly Peres’ mom didn’t tell him that either. As a former defense minister, he clearly loves playing with the toys. I’d guess that if he didn’t need a walker he might’ve wanted to mix it up with those dirty Muslims on the Mavi Marmara; or be part of the al-Mabouh hit team.
I hope to God the safety was on that thing when he was pointing it. With pictures like this is it any wonder why Israel is in the trouble it’s in?
I’ll leave it to you to come up with suitable captions for the photo. The best one will earn pride of place right underneath the image. Go to it.
Any Israelis out there who can identify the unit he’s pictured with?
UPDATE: An Israeli friend tells me that the unit is YMM, the elite Border Police counter-terror unit. It figures he’d be photographed with some of Israel’s most brutal forces, the ones that really enjoy punishing Palestinians and don’t just do it for a job.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.