The former Israeli president and prime minister once praised Nelson Mandela as a model for global leadership. Indeed, Peres himself earned comparisons to Mandela by none other than Barack Obama.
But Peres had not always loved Mandela.
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In the 1970s, while he was Israel’s defence minister, Peres oversaw the sale of arms to South Africa’s apartheid government, some of which were unleashed on black South Africans.