The Shimon Peres Letter to Fidel Castro

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I have this only in Spanish so far, and am searching around for a good English translation, or translator. Anyway, for Goldbloggers in Latin America, here is the letter the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, wrote to Cuba's ex-President, Fidel Castro, after my interview appeared:

24 de Septiembre 2010

Estimado  Sr. Presidente Fidel Castro,              

He leído los comentarios que Ud. hizo durante la entrevista otorgada al periodista Jeffrey Goldberg y me han conmovido profundamente. Debo admitir que vuestras palabras me resultaron inesperadas y de una original y especial profundidad intelectual .

Yo se que bajo las montanas de las controversias ideologicas existe - debe existir un alma humana,  sin la cual no tiene sentido la vida o al menos, seria muy difícil entenderla.
Ud. Ha describto el sufrimiento del pueblo judío en su marcha por el desierto, de la esclavitud hacia la Tierra Prometida, el Holocausto que extermino un tercio de nuestro pueblo y el sufrimiento que fue parte de nuestra historia y lo ha hecho en una forma muy conmovedora.

Es un camino muy difícil, es un dolor que no se puede borrar. Aun asi,  jamás no hemos perdido la esperanza humana, la esperanza de igualdad  que no permite dividir a los hombres en esclavos y  duenos , la esperanza de una fe  donde no es permitido inclinarse  frente a falsos dioses y  la esperanza de paz entre las personas y entre los pueblos. Desde entonces ansiamos, como en los dias del recibimiento de la Torah,  que los Diez Mandamientos nos guien  en nuestro camino, hacia nosotros mismos y hacia el prójimo.Cuba es una isla rodeada de mar. Israel es una isla política, rodeada de amenazas. Ud trato de navegar hacia grandes mares, para poder mostrar que pequenez  geográfica no necesiariamente significa pequenez humana.
 
Nosotros tratamos de probar que pequenez politica no deberia ser pequenez de valores.  Y es por eso que nosotros queremos ver en nuestros vecinos  a nuestros amigos.Y cuanto mas bien y mejor ellos estén , mejor será para nosotros. Sus palabras han sido  una especie de puente sorprendente entre la dura realidad y un nuevo horizonte.

Y es por eso que le quiero agradecer sinceramente.

Ha demostrado que lejanos pueden también ser cercanos.

Lo saluda atentamente ,
Shimon Peres
Presidente del Estado de Israel
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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Author of the book Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror, Goldberg also writes the magazine's advice column. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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