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December 2019


Uri Avnery

Ecrivain Israelien et activiste pour la paix dans Gush Shalom


Articles de cet auteur

  • Damage Control

    Wednesday 8 September 2010
    A DUTCH journalist asked me last Wednesday to try and divine the thoughts of Binyamin Netanyahu on his way to Washington. It seems that she was satisfied with the results, because she asked me to divine the thoughts of Mahmoud Abbas, too. She must have liked that as well, because then she asked me to do the same for Barack Obama. Here, then, is what I told her: * * * NETANYAHU’S THOUGHTS on the way to Washington: The main thing is to minimize the damage. Just now, someone asked me how (...) continue continue
  • The Boss Has Gone Mad

    Tuesday 20 January 2009
    169 years before the Gaza War, Heinrich Heine wrote a premonitory poem of 12 lines, under the title “To Edom”. The German-Jewish poet was talking about Germany, or perhaps all the nations of Christian Europe. This is what he wrote (in my rough translation): For a thousand years and more We have had an understanding You allow me to breathe I accept your crazy raging Sometimes, when the days get darker Strange moods come upon you Till you decorate your claws (...) continue continue
  • Manifest Destiny and Israel

    Wednesday 16 April 2008
    NEXT MONTH, Israel will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The government is working feverishly to make this day into an occasion of joy and jubilation. While serious problems are crying out for funds, some 40 million dollars have been allocated to this aim. Bur the nation is in no mood for celebrations. It is gloomy. From all directions the government is blamed for this gloom. "They have no agenda" is the refrain, "Their only concern is their own survival." (The word "agenda", with its (...) continue continue
  • The Joke in Annapolis

    Tuesday 27 November 2007
    The Annapolis conference is a joke. Though not in the least funny. Like quite a lot of political initiatives, this one too, according to all the indications, started more or less by accident. George Bush was due to make a speech. He was looking for a theme that would give it some substance. Something that would divert attention away from his fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan. Something simple, optimistic, easy to swallow. Somehow, the idea of a "meeting" of leaders to promote the (...) continue continue

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