Uri Avnery: A Lonely Lawyer

December 19, 2015 BY NOW EVERY ISRAELI has seen the TV clip several times – showing a 14-year old Arab girl being shot dead near the central market of Jewish Jerusalem. The story is well known: two sisters, 14 and 16 years old, have decided to attack Israelis. The clip, taken by a security camera, shows one of them, clad in traditional Arab garb, jumping around on the sidewalk, … Read more Uri Avnery: A Lonely Lawyer

Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy

November 28, 2015 Writes Uri Avnery: There is no such thing as “international terrorism”. To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both. Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to an army, and serves the aims of that army. The cannon of one side … Read more Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy

Uri Avnery: The Settlers’ Prussia

October 17, 2015 ISRAELI DEMOCRACY is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably. Sliding where? Everybody knows that: towards an ultra-nationalist, racist, religious society. Who is leading the ride? Why, the government, of course. This group of noisy nobodies which came to power at the last elections, led by Binyamin Netanyahu.  Not really. Take all these big-mouthed little demagogues, the ministers of this or that (I can’t quite remember … Read more Uri Avnery: The Settlers’ Prussia

Uri Avnery on Mahmoud Abbas

October 10, 2015                                                  Leader without Glory I FIRST met Mahmoud Abbas in Tunis at the beginning of 1983. I knew that he was responsible for the Israel desk in the PLO leadership. Said Hamami and Issam Sartawi, the PLO delegates with whom I had been in permanent contact since 1974, told me that he was in charge. But he was not present at my first … Read more Uri Avnery on Mahmoud Abbas

Avnery’s Lucid Assessment

Uri Avnery August 8, 2015 Divide et Impera BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is not known as a classical scholar, but even so he has adopted the Roman maxim Divide et Impera, divide and rule. The main (and perhaps only) goal of his policy is to extend the rule of Israel, as the “Nation-State of the Jewish People”, over all of Eretz Israel, the historical land of Palestine. This means ruling all … Read more Avnery’s Lucid Assessment

Uri Avnery on Israel & the Iran Treaty

Uri Avnery July 18, 2015 The Treaty AND WHAT if the whole drama was only an exercise of deception? What if the wily Persians did not even dream of building an atomic bomb, but used the threat to further their real aims? What if Binyamin Netanyahu was duped to become unwittingly the main collaborator of Iranian ambitions? Sounds crazy? Not really. Let’s have a look at the facts. IRAN … Read more Uri Avnery on Israel & the Iran Treaty

Uri Avnery on War Crimes

Uri Avnery June 27, 2015 War Crimes? Us??? “WAR IS HELL!” the US general William Tecumseh Sherman famously exclaimed. War is the business of killing the “enemy”, in order to impose your will on them. Therefore, “humane war” is an oxymoron. War itself is a crime. There are few exceptions. I would exempt the war against Nazi Germany, since it was conducted against a regime of mass murderers, led by a … Read more Uri Avnery on War Crimes

WHO WILL SAVE ISRAEL?

by Uri Avnery May 23, 2015 THE BATTLE is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. It is time to take stock. The net result is that Israel has given up all pretense of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover. ISRAELI GOVERNMENTS – with the possible exception of Yitzhak … Read more WHO WILL SAVE ISRAEL?

Avnery on Iran’s Theoretical Bomb

Uri Avnery April 4, 2015 Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb? I MUST start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear bomb. I know that this makes me an abnormal person, almost a freak. But what can I do? I am unable to work up fear, like a real Israeli. Try as I may, the Iranian bomb does not make me hysterical. MY … Read more Avnery on Iran’s Theoretical Bomb

Uri Avnery’s Vision for the Future of Israel & Palestine

Uri Avnery March 28, 2015 The Israeli Salvation Front THE 2015 election was a giant step towards the self-destruction of Israel. The decisive majority has voted for an apartheid state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, in which democracy will slowly disappear. The decision is not yet final. Israeli democracy has lost a battle. It has not yet lost the war. If it does not draw the … Read more Uri Avnery’s Vision for the Future of Israel & Palestine