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Uri Avnery is a longtime Israeli peace activist. Since 1948 has advocated the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In 1974, Uri Avnery was the first Israeli to establish contact with PLO leadership. In 1982 he was the first Israeli ever to meet Yassir Arafat, after crossing the lines in besieged Beirut. He served three terms in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), and is the founder of Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc). Visit his Website.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 9, 2018 The Great Conspiracy
Most Ashkenazis (Jews of European descent) who had been born in the country, or immigrated years before, thought that they had done their part and suffered enough, and that now it was up to the new Oriental immigrants to do theirs. Cultural differences were huge, but nobody paid much attention to them.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2018 Because there is Nothing
Ask one of his admirers what Bibi has actually achieved in his 12 years as prime minister, and he will be at a loss to answer. David Ben-Gurion founded the state, Menachem Begin made peace with Egypt, Yitzhak Rabin made the Oslo agreement. But Bibi?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 25, 2018 Go in Peace!
If I want to remove Netanyahu from the government, and as soon as possible, it is not because of any personal feelings. I just believe that he is a disaster for Israel. Many dream of a completely new party, a union of all liberal, progressive, peace-loving elements, with a new, young leadership, which would completely change the landscape. But there is no sign of it yet.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 17, 2018 Pity the Almond Tree
Mandelblit is in an impossible position. The prime minister has been officially accused by the police on two counts of bribery. Now Mandelblit must decide whether to put him on trial. But Binyamin Netanyahu has been his benefactor for a long time, pushing his career to the top. Do you bite the hand that has fed you? Or do you shirk your duty? An awful choice.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 10, 2018 What the Hell?
Although representing only about a fifth of Israel's population, the Orthodox of various shades now constitute a powerful force in Israeli politics. From being a moderate force for peace they have turned to a radical nationalism, often a religious fascism. Their influence on daily life is becoming more and more pervasive.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 27, 2018 The Jumping Parliament
US Vice president Pence is a good-looking and well-dressed fool. Wherever he stopped, he made speeches that should have made even ardent Zionists blush. He lauded Israel in terms of childish adulation, heaping shameless flattery upon fake history.
SHARE Sunday, January 21, 2018 May Your Home Be Destroyed
Trump is something special. He has appointed an ardent Jewish right-wing Zionist as ambassador to Israel. He has appointed his Jewish son-in-law and some other Zionists as mediators between Israel and the Palestinians. And in the end he has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced that he is going to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv there.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 14, 2018 Bibi's Son or: Three Men in a Car
Binyamin Netanyahu is unable to make peace, even if he wanted to. Making peace demands strength of character, like taking the risk of being overthrown. Such audacity does not even enter Netanyahu's mind. His obsession with clinging to power makes him sell out our national interests to interest groups, not just to billionaires but also to the corrupt religious establishment and many others.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 31, 2017 The Man Who Jumped
Instead of quarreling endlessly about who was right and who was wrong, how wonderful we are and how abhorrent the others are, we should think about the future. What do we want? What kind of a state do we want to live in? How do we end the occupation, and what will come after?
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 23, 2017 Cry, Beloved Country
An oppressive regime, especially a foreign one, always thinks that executing "terrorists" will frighten others away from joining the rebels. This idea stems from the arrogance of the rulers, who think of their subjects as inferior human beings. The real result is always the opposite: the executed rebel becomes a national hero, for every rebel executed, dozens of others join the fight.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, December 15, 2017 Children of Stones
The simple fact is that there is no choice between a Two State and a One State solution, because One State is no solution at all, but a pipe-dream. Or a nightmare. So is there no choice? Of course there is. There always is. The choice is between the Two State solution and No Solution. Eternal war.
SHARE Saturday, December 9, 2017 From Barak to Trump
The latest decisions of Trump concerning Jerusalem are -- to put it mildly -- idiotic. Arabs are furious, Israelis don't really care, America's Arab stooges, princes and all, are deeply worried. If disturbances erupt, they may well be swept away.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 1, 2017 On Zionist Anti-Semitism
Israelis secretly despise American Jews for preferring the "fleshpots of Egypt" to living like upright people in the Jewish State, but demand their unconditional political support. Most American Jewish organizations do provide this. They wield huge power in Washington DC, where AIPAC, the Zionist lobby, is considered the second most powerful political organization after the National Rifle Association.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 24, 2017 A Terrible Thought
Avi Gabbay is not a charismatic leader, not a person to arouse the masses. Indeed, his face is easily forgotten. But he took with him from the business world a sound, logical way of thinking. In politics, logic is a rare commodity. It can be obstructive. The question now is: where does logic take him?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 19, 2017 A History of Idiocy
In the land that used to be called Palestine there live two peoples of different origin, culture, history, religion, language, standard of living and much more. They are now of more or less equal size. Between these two peoples, a conflict has now been going on for more than a century.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 11, 2017 Two Meetings
Arafat was a warm person. An emotional person. His embraces and kisses were ceremonial, but they also expressed real sentiment. I brought many Israelis to meetings with him, and they all recounted that after 10 minutes in his company they felt as if they had known him for years. Rabin was the exact opposite.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 4, 2017 Who's Afraid of the Iranian Bomb?
SINCE THE nuclear bomb was invented, no nuclear-armed country has ever been attacked. Attacking a nuclear-armed country simply means suicide. Even the mighty USA (the "Big Satan") does not dare to attack little North Korea, whose endeavor to obtain a nuclear strike force is far from irrational.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 28, 2017 Pickled Cucumbers
According to Netanyahu, all those were conspiring to bring him down in an anti-democratic plot, a putsch by police investigators and criminal prosecutors. The frequent leaks from these investigations, which have been widely published in the media, were -- according to Netanyahu -- all part of the plot.
SHARE Monday, October 23, 2017 A New Start
Avi Gabbay has no visible qualities of political leadership. No charisma at all. No special energy. No enthusiasm himself and no ability to inspire enthusiasm in others. We need new leaders, young, charismatic and resolute, with clear-cut aims, who can energize the peace camp. WHAT WE NEED is a new start.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 13, 2017 The Terrible Problem
Any future peace treaty between the state of Israel and the State of Palestine will have to include a paragraph saying that Israel affirms in principle the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees and their descendents. The six million Palestinian refugees constitute six million individual situations. There are many categories of refugees. No single solution can apply to all.