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Uri Avnery is the founder of Gush Shalom, one of Israel's longest lived peace organizations. He is also a veteran of the Israeli military and a former member of the Israeli Knesset (the national legislature).  His views are decidedly progressive and often uncomfortable for the powers-that-be in Israel today.

In the opinion of this website's editor, he is consistently one of the best commentators around regarding current events in Israel and Palestine. Many of his editorials for the last year or more are listed below. If the most recent dates seem to lag behind, find his most current articles at:
http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/index.html

Editorial columns are provided on our website to provide a range of views for our visitors. Not all items included will reflect the views or the goals of United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force.

Please note: the dates listed for these articles use the format of DAY/MONTH/YEAR, unlike date formats in the US (month/day/year). So 1/10/11 = October 1, 2011, not January 10, 2011.
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A Gift from Europe

ON MY 70th birthday, I received a gift from Yitzhak Rabin: he signed the document recognizing the existence of the Palestinian people, after many decades of denial. He also recognized the... • More...

The Grand Dilemma
PERHAPS YOU are facing the same moral dilemma as I am:

What to think about Syria?

What to think about Egypt? • More...

A Human Spring
LET ME come back to the story about Zhou Enlai, the Chinese Communist leader. When asked what he thought about the French Revolution, he famously answered: “It’s too early to say.” • More...

Kerry and Chutzpah
IF YOU happen to bump into John Kerry at Ben Gurion Airport, you may wonder whether he is coming or going. He may well be wondering himself. • More...

When the Gods Laugh
(A shorter version of this article was published in Haaretz on June 19, the day after the official birthday.) • More...

Triumph and Tragedy
NO OPERA by Richard Wagner could have been more dramatic. It looked as if it was directed by a genius. • More...

Butterflies in Damascus
DURING THE Spanish civil war of 1936, a news story reported the deaths of 82 Moroccans, 53 Italians, 48 Russians, 34 Germans, 17 Englishmen, 13 Americans and 8 Frenchmen. Also 1 Spaniard. • More...

The False Torch
YA’IR LAPID, the freshman parliamentarian and Treasury Minister, has declared that from now on he will deliver all his important speeches outside the Knesset, confining his Knesset appearances to... • More...

The State of Whom?
CAN A law be both ridiculous and dangerous?

It certainly can. Witness the ongoing initiative of our government to enact a law that would define the State of Israel as “The Nation-State of the... • More...

Women of the Wall
THERE WAS this Israeli man who from time to time put a slip of paper in the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall, asking God for favors - as Jews have been doing for centuries. They... • More...

The Donkey of the Messiah
“THE TWO-STATE solution is dead!” This mantra has been repeated so often lately, by so many authoritative commentators, that it must be true.

Well, it ain‘t. • More...

No, We Can’t!
AN AMBASSADOR is an honest man sent abroad to lie for the good of his country, a British statesman famously wrote some 400 years ago. That is true, of course, for all diplomats.

The question is... • More...

The Russians Came
WHEN THE huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad.

First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing for the country. This, I believe, is... • More...

In Praise of Emotion
IT WAS a moving experience. Moments that spoke not only to the mind, but also – and foremost – to the heart. • More...

“Around Us the Storm is Raging…”
“AROUND US the storm is raging / But our head will not be bowed…” we sang when we were young, before the State of Israel was born. • More...

In Their Shoes
OBAMA IN ISRAEL: Every word right. Every gesture genuine. Every detail in its place. Perfect.

Obama in Palestine: Every word wrong. Every gesture inappropriate. Every single detail misplaced... • More...

Idiocracy
SO, FINALLY our Prime Minister has apologized to Turkey for “operational mistakes” that “might have” led to the death of nine Turks during the attack on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which tried to... • More...

The Speech that was Not Delivered
Note: This text was written on Wednesday, a day before
President Obama made his historic speech in Jerusalem. It appears that my text came much closer to his actual speech than I had dared to... • More...

To the Victor, the Spoils
IN THE days following the recent Israeli elections, Ya’ir Lapid, the major winner, let it be known that he wanted to be the next Foreign Minister. • More...

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”
THIS DOES not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has NOT been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. • More...

The Third Intifada?
IS THIS the third intifada? This question was raised this week by a number of Israeli security experts. And not only by them – their Palestinian colleagues were almost as perplexed. • More...

Peace and Watermelons
ONE OF the most interesting and prolonged private debates I have had in my life was with the brilliant Dr. Nahum Goldmann. The subject: American peace initiatives. • More...

`Equal burden` - a disaster for the IDF
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The Zuabis
THE SOLE contribution of Ya’ir Lapid to Israeli folklore so far is his saying that he would not join a move to block Binyamin Netanyahu, since this would mean joining forces with “the Zuabis”. • More...

Can Two Walk Together?
“COMPARED TO the Knesset it could have been, this is a very good Knesset!”

I heard this, in so many words, from at least ten former Knesset members and others, as we were drinking orange juice in... • More...

Woe to the Victor
“VAE VICTIS!” was the Roman cry. Woe to the vanquished.

I would alter it slightly: “Vae Victori”, Woe to the victor! • More...

A Move to the Center
IT WAS the night of the optimists.

Tuesday at 10.01 pm, a minute after the ballot boxes were sealed, the three TV news programs announced the results of their exit polls. • More...

Who to vote for?
THE ELECTIONS will take place in three days, and they are boring, boring, boring.

So boring, indeed, that even to think about their boringness (if there is such a word) is boring. • More...

Welcome, Chuck
I FIND Chuck Hagel eminently likeable. I am not quite certain why.

Perhaps it’s his war record. He was decorated for valor in the Vietnam War (which I detested). He was a mere sergeant. Since I... • More...

Weird Elections
IN A few hundred years, a professor looking for an especially esoteric subject will ask his students to research the Israeli elections of 2013.

The students will come back with a unanimous... • More...

 
Opinion by Uri Avnery - 2012

 


SO WE have two election campaigns in the next three months – one in the USA and one in Israel. I don’t know which of them is more important for our lives.

In many respects, the two elections are... • 13/10/12 • More...

A Person Called Nobody
SUDDENLY, I realized that a new star had appeared on the political firmament of Israel. Until yesterday I did not even know of its existence. • More...

The Sea and the River
“Palestine, from the Jordan to the Sea, belongs to us!” declared Khaled Meshal last week at the huge victory rally in Gaza. • More...

Cold Revenge
“Revenge is a dish that is best eaten cold,” is a saying attributed to Stalin. I don’t know if he really said that. All the possible witnesses were executed long ago.

Anyhow, a taste for delayed... • More...

The Strong and the Sweet
IT WAS a day of joy.

Joy for the Palestinian people. • More...

Once And For All!
THE MANTRA of this round was Once And For All. • More...

Another Superfluous War
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Goodbye to a War
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU and his patron, Sheldon Adelson, betted on Mitt Romney, with the State of Israel as their chip.

They lost.

For Adelson, the betting tycoon, that doesn’t amount to much. Some... • More...

Das System
TO A foreigner, like myself, the US election system looks cockeyed.

The president is elected by an “electoral college”, which does not necessarily reflect the will of the people. This system... • More...

Drought in Texas
EVERYBODY IN Israel knows this story. When Levy Eshkol was Prime Minister, his assistants rushed up to him in panic: “Levy, there is a drought!”

“In Texas?” Eshkol asked anxiously.

“No, in... • More...

The Man with the Uzi
THERE WAS this young Israeli who was captured by cannibals. They put him in the cooking pot and were about to light the fire, when he expressed one last wish: “Please box my ears!”

When the... • More...

Filling the Black Hole
SO WE have two election campaigns in the next three months – one in the USA and one in Israel. I don’t know which of them is more important for our lives.

In many respects, the two elections are... • More...


 

Of Bombs and Comics
MY FIRST reaction to Binyamin Netanyahu’s exhibition of comics at the UN General Assembly was shame.

Shame that the supreme elected representative of my country would stoop to such a primitive... • 06/10/12 • More...

 

The Grand Default
I AM sitting here writing this article 39 years to the minute from that moment when the sirens started screaming, announcing the beginning of the war. • 29/09/12 • More...

 

A Message from Romnyahu
ONCE UPON a time, President Richard Nixon wanted to appoint a certain lawyer to the US Supreme Court.

“But the man is a complete moron!” one senator exclaimed. • 22/09/12 • More...

 

Protest in Ramallah
VISITING RAMALLAH after an absence of several months, I was again amazed by the ongoing building activity. Everywhere new high-rise buildings are going up, and many of them are beautiful. (Arabs... • 15/09/12 • More...

 

The March of Folly
NOTHING COULD be more scary than the thought that this duo – Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak – is in a position to start a war, the dimensions and outcome of which are incalculable. • 07/09/12 • More...

 

Master of Mischief
AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN has a restless nature. From time to time he has to do something, anything. • 01/09/12 • More...

 

Master of Mischief
AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN has a restless nature. From time to time he has to do something, anything. • 01/09/12 • More...

 

The Fountainhead
WAS not interested in Paul Ryan, the man about to be nominated by the Republican party for the office of Vice President, until the name Ayn Rand popped up. • 25/08/12 • More...

 

Mad or Crazy?
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU may be crazy, but he is not mad.

Ehud Barak may be mad, but he is not crazy.

Ergo: Israel will not attack Iran. • 18/08/12 • More...

 

Bloody Spring
ON A flight to London in 1961, I had a unique experience.

On the way, the plane made a stop in Athens and a group of Arabs joined us. That by itself was an experience. In those days, Israelis... • 11/08/12 • More...

 

The Greatest Show on Earth
TO SUM up the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in one word: kitsch.

To sum up the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in two words: wonderful kitsch. • 04/08/12 • More...

 

Talking Zionism
“HE TALKS Zionism,” used to be a very derogatory comment when I was young. It meant that some elderly functionary had come to waste our time with a boring speech consisting largely of empty... • 28/07/12 • More...

 

Divide et Impera
WHATEVER IS happening to the Israeli social protest movement?

Good question. It is not only being asked abroad, but in Israel, too. • 21/07/12 • More...

 

Two Faces
TWO FORMER Prime Ministers of Israel are in the news these days. They represent two of the many faces of Israel.

They also raise a universal question: which is preferable - an honest fanatic or a... • 14/07/12 • More...

 

Poisoning Arafat
FOR ME, there was no surprise. From the very first day, I was convinced that Yasser Arafat had been poisoned by Ariel Sharon. I even wrote about it several times.

It was a simple logical conclusion. • 07/07/12 • More...

 

Daphni Rides Again
• 30/06/12 • More...

 

Our Muslim Brothers
EVERYBODY KNOWS by now why we are stuck in Palestine. • 23/06/12 • More...

 

Manhunt
“WE SHALL not be a normal people, until we have Jewish whores and Jewish thieves in the Land of Israel,” our national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik, said some 80 years ago. • 16/06/12 • More...

 

The War of Lies
THIRTY YEARS ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of... • 09/06/12 • More...

 

Israeli Mustard
• 02/06/12 • More...

 

A Bird’s Eye View
(Based on my article “The main Effort” published in Haaretz , May 4. 2012.) • 26/05/12 • More...

 

The New Protest
RABIN SQUARE in Tel Aviv has seen many demonstrations, but none quite like last Saturday’s. • 18/05/12 • More...

 

Operetta in 5 Acts
THE MASTER magician has drawn another rabbit from his top hat. A real and very lively rabbit.

He has confounded everybody, including the leaders of all parties, the top political pundits and his... • 11/05/12 • More...

 

A Putsch Against War
GENERALS AND secret police chiefs get together for an attack on the politicians.

In some countries, they arrest the president, occupy government offices and TV stations and annul the... • 05/05/12 • More...

 

Confession of an Optimist
I AM an Optimist. Period.

No ifs. No buts. No perhapses. • 26/04/12 • More...

 

“Stupid and Mean and Brutal”
“In blood and sweat / A race will arise to us / Proud and generous and brutal…” Thus wrote Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the founder of extreme right-wing Zionism, who was also a writer and a poet... • 21/04/12 • More...

 

Günter the Terrible
STOP ME if I have told you this joke before: • 12/04/12 • More...

 

“Pour Out Your Wrath!”
• 06/04/12 • More...

 

The New Mandela
MARWAN BARGHOUTI has spoken up. After a long silence, he has sent a message from prison.

In Israeli ears, this message does not sound pleasant. But for Palestinians, and for Arabs in general, it... • 31/03/12 • More...

 


 

The Ghetto Within
RACIST HATE crimes are particularly ugly.

If the victims are children, they are even more so. • 24/03/12 • More...

 

All Quiet on the Southern Front
“What have you learned in school today, my son?”

“There was no school today. There is an emergency!”

“And what have you learned from that, my son?” • 17/03/12 • More...

 

A Jewish Soul
ON THE face of it, it was a trivial incident. In the presence of the entire political and legal establishment, the liberal President of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, who has reached the age... • 10/03/12 • More...

 

Israel will not attack
• 9/03/12 • More...

 

The Laughing Beast
IF I were to follow the call of my heart, I would appeal to our government to send the Israeli army into Syria, drive the Assad gang from Damascus, turn the country over to the Syrian opposition... • 03/03/12 • More...

 

Adnan’s Victory
A PALESTINIAN village, somewhere in the West Bank.

In the middle of the night, banging on the door and shouts in Arabic: “Israeli army. Open up!” • 25/02/12 • More...

 

Thou Shalt Not Kill (Thyself)
AFTER THE founding of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: “You have created a state for my chosen people in my holy land. This merits a great reward. Tell me what you wish, and... • 18/02/12 • More...

 

Storm over Hebron
THERE SEEMS to be no limit to the troubles caused by the town of Hebron. • 11/02/12 • More...

 

Reluctant Prophet
On Monday, I was honored to receive the Leibowitz Prize for “life’s work”, the prize established by the Yesh Gvul soldiers' peace organization. I was unable to prepare a speech, so I spoke off the... • 04/02/12 • More...

 

Hurrah for Egypt!
THE IMPOSSIBLE has happened. The Egyptian parliament, democratically elected by a free people, has convened for its first session. • 28/01/12 • More...

 

The Blockbusters
“ISRAEL HAS no foreign policy, only a domestic policy,” Henry Kissinger once remarked. • 21/01/12 • More...

 

The Shining Torch
“SHINING TORCH” sounds like the name of a Red Indian (or should I say Native American?) chief. In Hebrew, it is the literal meaning of the name of our latest political sensation: Ya’ir Lapid. • 14/01/12 • More...

 

The Stolen War
IS THERE no limit to the villainy of Hamas? Seems there isn’t.

This week, they did something quite unforgivable.

They stole a war. • 07/01/12 • More...

 

Shukran, Israel
IF ISLAMIST movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bête noire, Israel. • 31/12/11 • More...

 

The Duke of Nablus
THE NAME of Munib al-Masri has recently come up as a possible candidate for Prime Minister of a Palestinian national unity government. Not being a member of either Fatah or Hamas, he is acceptable... • 24/12/11 • More...

 

“With Friends Like These…”
MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!

What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the... • 17/12/11 • More...

 

The Fearmongers
ON THE anniversary of David Ben-Gurion’s death, the usual memorial meeting was held at his graveside in Sdeh Boker, the Negev desert village where he lived in his retirement. There is no cemetery... • 10/12/11 • More...

 

The King’s Speech
IN THE middle of the '80s, a German diplomat conveyed to me a surprising message. A member of the Jordanian Royal family would like to speak with me in Amman. At the time, Jordan was still... • 03/12/11 • More...

 

A Day in November
THIS TUESDAY will be the 64th anniversary of a fateful day for our lives. • 26/11/11 • More...

 

Weimar Revisited
“YOU AND your Weimar!” a friend of mine once exclaimed in exasperation, ”just because you experienced the collapse of the Weimar Republic as a child, you see Weimar behind every corner.” • 19/11/11 • More...

 

“YOU are Fed Up?”
“YOU CAN lie to all of the people some of the time, and to some of the people all of the time, but you cannot lie to all of the people all of the time.” • 12/11/11 • More...

 

“Hold me back!"
EVERYBODY KNOWS the scene from school: a small boy quarrels with a bigger boy. “Hold me back!” he shouts to his comrades, “Before I break his bones!” • 05/11/11 • More...

 

A View from the Villa
THE KILLING of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Muatasim was not a pretty sight. After seeing it once, I looked away when it was shown again and again on TV – literally ad nauseam. • 29/10/11 • More...

 

Everybody’s Son
THE MOST sensible – I almost wrote “the only sensible” – sentence uttered this week sprang from the lips of a 5-year old boy. • 22/10/11 • More...

 

The Second Herzl
ON YOM KIPPUR eve last week, when real Jews were praying for their lives, I sat on the seashore of Tel Aviv, thinking. • 15/10/11 • More...

 

The More Enemies, The More Honor
AN OLD photo from World War I shows a company of German soldiers getting on the train on their way to the front. On the wall of the car somebody had scribbled: “viel Feind, viel Ehr’” (“The more... • 08/10/11 • More...

 

We, the Traitors
"THERE ARE situations in which a real patriot has no alternative but to be a traitor," wrote the distinguished German journalist, the late Rudolf Augstein, in a review of one of my books in the... • 07/10/11 • More...

 

Mutiny on the Titanic
HERE IS a story that has never been told before:

When the Titanic was well out into the Atlantic, its crew mutinied. • 01/10/11 • More...

 

Abu Mazen’s Gamble
A WONDERFUL SPEECH. A beautiful speech.

The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless. • 24/09/11 • More...

 

Sad and Happy
“WILL THIS be the happiest day of your life?” a local interviewer asked me, referring to the approaching recognition of the State of Palestine by the UN. • 17/09/11 • More...

 


Mutiny on the Titanic
HERE IS a story that has never been told before:

When the Titanic was well out into the Atlantic, its crew mutinied. • 01/10/11 •
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Abu Mazen’s Gamble
A WONDERFUL SPEECH. A beautiful speech.

The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless. • 24/09/11 •
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Sad and Happy
“WILL THIS be the happiest day of your life?” a local interviewer asked me, referring to the approaching recognition of the State of Palestine by the UN. • 17/09/11 • More...


Daphne and Itzik
• 10/09/11 • More...


Dogs of War
Such terrifying dogs have not been seen since the Hound of the Baskervilles. • 03/09/11 • More...


To The Shores of Tripoli
• 27/08/11 • More...


The Return of the Generals
SINCE THE beginning of the conflict, the extremists of both sides have always played into each other’s hands. The cooperation between them was always much more effective than the ties between the... • 20/08/11 • More...


Dichter's Law
“THE PEOPLE Demand Social Justice!” 250 thousand protesters chanted in unison in Tel Aviv last Saturday. But what they need – to quote an American artist - is “more unemployed politicians”. • 13/08/11 • More...


“How Goodly Are Thy Tents”
FIRST OF all, a warning.

Tent cities are springing up all over Israel. A social protest movement is gathering momentum. At some point in the near future, it may endanger the right-wing government. • 06/08/11 •
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The New Anti-Semitism
The Nazi Propaganda Minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, calls his boss, Adolf Hitler, by hell-phone. • 30/07/11 • More...


The Charge of the New York Times
or - Baksheesh for the Doorkeeper • 23/07/11 • More...


It Can Happen Here!
YEARS AGO I said that there are but two miracles in Israel: the Hebrew language and democracy.

Hebrew had been a dead language for many generations, more or less like Latin, when it was still... • 15/07/11 •
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Instilled Memory
• 9/07/11 • More...


The Jewish Ayatollahs
THE ARCHBISHOP of New York announces that any Catholic who rents out an apartment to a Jew commits a mortal sin and runs the risk of excommunication. • 02/07/11 • More...


Sacred Mantras
THE PALESTINIANS are planning something thoroughly obnoxious: they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. • 25/06/11 • More...


Deny! Deny!
I AM fed up with all this nonsense about recognizing Israel as the “Jewish State”. • 18/06/11 • More...


A Brown-haired Young Man
MY HERO of the year (for now) is a young brown-haired Palestinian refugee living in Syria called Hassan Hijazi. • 11/06/11 • More...


RACHEL
I HAD the unqualified blessing of living with Rachel Avnery for 58 years. Last Saturday I took leave of her body. She was as beautiful in death as she was in life. I could not take my eyes off her... • 04/06/11 • More...


Bibi and the Yo-Yos
IT WAS all rather disgusting.

There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few... • 28/05/11 •
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Rubber Man
I COULD not restrain myself. Though I was alone in the room, I burst out laughing. • 14/05/11 • More...


“Rejoice Not…”
“REJOICE NOT when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth, / Lest the Lord see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.”. • 07/05/11 • More...


One Word
IN ONE word: Bravo!

The news about the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas is good for peace. If the final difficulties are ironed out and a full agreement is signed by the two... • 30/04/11 •
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Tahrir Square, Tel Aviv
AMRAM MITZNA is a nice guy. He is modest and radiates credibility. He reminds one of the late Lova Eliav, the Secretary General of the Labor party who quit the party in disgust. Like Eliav, he has... • 23/04/11 • More...


The Settler State
THE OTHER day, the almighty General Security Service (Shabak, formerly Shin Bet) needed a new boss. It is a hugely important job, because no minister ever dares to contradict the advice of the... • 16/04/11 • More...


The Gold and the Stone
THERE IS something tragicomic about the persona of Richard Goldstone. • 09/04/11 • More...


Napoleon’s Dictum
IT WAS Napoleon who said that it is better to fight against a coalition than to fight as part of one. • 02/04/11 • More...


A Dirty Word
ON THURSDAY EVENING I could not think of anything except Libya.

First I heard the blood-curdling speech by Muammar Qaddafi, in which he promised to occupy Benghazi within hours and drown the... • 19/03/11 •
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The Dwarfs
JERUSALEM IS abuzz with brilliant new ideas. The brightest minds of our political establishment are grappling with the problems created by the ongoing Arab revolution that is reshaping the... • 12/03/11 • More...


Wrong Side
OF ALL the memorable phrases uttered by Barack Obama in the last two years, the one that stuck in my mind more than any other appeared in his historic speech in Cairo in the early days of his... • 05/03/11 • More...


A Crazy Prophet
“WHY DON’T the masses stream to the square here, too, and throw Bibi out?” my taxi driver exclaimed when we were passing Rabin Square. The wide expanse was almost empty, with only a few mothers... • 26/02/11 • More...

The Genie is out of the Bottle
THIS IS a story right out of “1001 Nights”. The genie escaped from the bottle, and no power on earth can put it back. • 19/02/11 • More...


Tsunami in Egypt
UNTIL THE very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. • 12/02/11 • More...


A Villa in the Jungle?
• 05/02/11 • More...


The Aljazeera Scandal
• 29/01/11 • More...


The World is no Golem
• 22/01/11 • More...


The Crown and the Coals
LEBANON IS in crisis. And what is new?

Since the founding of the state, 90 years ago, the word “crisis” has been inseparably linked with its name. • 15/01/11 •
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Hi, Joe!
• 08/01/11 • More...


Interim Forever!
• 01/01/11 • More...


“The Darkness to Expel!”
IT IS easy to despair before the filthy wave of racism that is engulfing us. • 25/12/10 • More...


Ship of Fools 2
THE EXPRESSION “Ship of Fools” was used by a Swiss theologian 515 years ago as the title of a book harshly criticizing the Catholic church of his day. Its licentiousness, he foresaw, would lead to... • 18/12/10 • More...


A General Overhaul
• 11/12/10 • More...


“Islam is the Solution”
FIRST, AN apology: I am not going to write about the Wikileaks.

I like gossip as much as the next (wo)man. The leaks provide a lot of it, interspersed with some real information. • 04/12/10 •
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The Original Sin
A FRIEND of mine in Warsaw told me about a Polish journalist who visited Israel for the first time. On his return he reported with great excitement: “You know what I’ve discovered? In Israel, too... • 27/11/10 • More...


Vox Taxi – Vox Dei
ON SATURDAY evening, two weeks ago, we returned by taxi from the annual memorial rally for Yitzhak Rabin, and as usual got into a conversation with our driver. • 13/11/10 • More...


The Nobleman and the Horse
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Bread and the Circus
I WAS surprised when, towards the end of 1975, I received an invitation from the Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, to meet him at his residence. He opened the door himself, poured me a glass of... • 30/10/10 • More...