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Hannibal ad Portas

by Uri Avnery

Sun 14th Sep 2014
The last war has come to an end, the next war has not yet started, so let's use the time to speak of many things. Of Hannibal, for example... [read more]

God Wills It!

by Uri Avnery

Sun 7th Sep 2014
For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don't make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces ... [read more]

Son of Death

by Uri Avnery

Sun 24th Aug 2014
The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.... [read more]
 

Eyeless in Gaza

by Uri Avnery

Sat 16th Aug 2014
The trouble with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side... [read more]

Metro Gaza

by Uri Avnery

Sat 9th Aug 2014
Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery, suggests a solution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza... [read more]

Meeting in a Tunnel

by Uri Avnery

Sat 2nd Aug 2014
The Israeli media are now totally subservient. There is no independent reporting. "Military correspondents" are not allowed into Gaza to see for themselves, they are willingly reduced to parroting army communiqués, presenting them as their personal observations... [read more]
 

Once And For All!

by Uri Avnery

Sat 26th Jul 2014
In this war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started... [read more]

Who is Winning?

by Uri Avnery

Sun 20th Jul 2014
Uri Avnery asks what history would look like if it were written in the style of the "Solid Cliff (a.k.a. Protective Edge) operation?... [read more]

The Atrocity

by Uri Avnery

Sat 12th Jul 2014
Bombs are raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed... [read more]
 

The Watch on the Jordan

by Uri Avnery

Sun 6th Jul 2014
The Arab world is in turmoil. Syria and Iraq are breaking apart, the thousand-year old conflict between Muslim Sunnis and Muslim Shiites is reaching a new climax... [read more]

An Armed Ghetto

by Uri Avnery

Sat 28th Jun 2014
One side's terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences... [read more]

Sisyphus Redeemed

by Uri Avnery

Tue 24th Jun 2014
If there is a God, he surely has a sense of humor. The career of Shimon Peres, who is about to finish his term as President of Israel, is clear evidence... [read more]
 

A Coup? Nonsense!

by Uri Avnery

Fri 13th Jun 2014
Journalist and former member of the Israeli parliament, Uri Avnery, describes how the Israeli Defence Force is held on a pedestal... [read more]

Good for the Jews?

by Uri Avnery

Sun 8th Jun 2014
The claim by Binyamin Netanyahu that he has a right to pick and choose the Palestinian government is rather astonishing, writes Uri Avnery ... [read more]

Patagonian Dreams

by Uri Avnery

Sat 31st May 2014
During his short visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]
 

In Their Own Juice

by Uri Avnery

Sun 25th May 2014
According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

A National Hero

by Uri Avnery

Fri 16th May 2014
Just before Israel’s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

A Shameful Chapter

by Uri Avnery

Sun 4th May 2014
How would the US react to a declaration that the Palestinians would not conduct negotiations with an Israeli government that includes semi-fascist parties?... [read more]
 

An Oslo Criminal

by Uri Avnery

Mon 21st Apr 2014
The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye.... [read more]

In One Word: Poof!

by Uri Avnery

Sat 12th Apr 2014
Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.... [read more]

The Monster on the Hill

by Uri Avnery

Sun 6th Apr 2014
There is nothing better than a scandal every week. A juicy scandal excites people, engages the media, takes our minds off matters like war and peace, occupation and apartheid... [read more]
 

Changing The Flag

by Uri Avnery

Mon 31st Mar 2014
New Zealand has decided to change its flag. This was only briefly mentioned in the media here. But it is a significant example for us... [read more]

God Bless Putin

by Uri Avnery

Wed 12th Mar 2014
Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west... [read more]

Captain Boycott Rides Again

by Uri Avnery

Mon 24th Feb 2014
It has always been a secret ambition of mine to have a Bagatz ruling bearing my name... [read more]
 

Three Women

by Uri Avnery

Fri 14th Feb 2014
This is a declaration of love. Three loves, actually... [read more]

Return, Return oh Shulamit

by Uri Avnery

Sat 1st Feb 2014
Dina Dinur, the wife of the Holocaust-writer K. Zetnik, called to invite me to meet Pete Seeger... [read more]

The Imperator

by Uri Avnery

Sun 19th Jan 2014
In the middle of the 70s, Ariel Sharon asked me to arrange something for him - a meeting with Yasser Arafat... [read more]
 

Angel Face

by Uri Avnery

Tue 24th Dec 2013
Seeing her face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent... [read more]

Self-Boycott

by Uri Avnery

Sun 15th Dec 2013
Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [read more]

The Assassination

by Uri Avnery

Sat 16th Nov 2013
From the first moment, I did not have the slightest doubt that Yasser Arafat was assassinated... [read more]
 

The Judaization of Israel

by Uri Avnery

Sat 9th Nov 2013
On my 16th birthday, in 1939, I rushed to the district registration office of the Government of Palestine to change my name officially... [read more]

Killjoy Was Here

by Uri Avnery

Sat 5th Oct 2013
Journalist and former Knesset member, Uri Avnery, reviews Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the United Nations... [read more]

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”

by Uri Avnery

Mon 11th Mar 2013
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. ... [read more]
 

A move to the centre

by Uri Avnery

Wed 30th Jan 2013
Uri Avnery provides an analysis of the Israeli election results... [read more]

Who to vote for?

by Uri Avnery

Sat 19th Jan 2013
The Israeli elections will take place in three days, and they are boring, boring, boring writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

Talking Zionism

by Uri Avnery

Sat 28th Jul 2012
Uri Avnery discusses the origins and the future of Zionism... [read more]
 

Poisoning Arafat

by Uri Avnery

Tue 17th Jul 2012
Uri Avnery asks whether the late Palestinian Prime Minister, Yasser Arafat, was assassinated by Ariel Sharon... [read more]

Manhunt

by Uri Avnery

Fri 15th Jun 2012
Uri Avnery, Israeli journalist and former Knesset member, writes about the abuse of African migrants in his country... [read more]

A Bird’s Eye View

by Uri Avnery

Wed 30th May 2012
Uri Avnery explains a principle that has long guided Zionists: 'accept every compromise that gives us what we can get at any stage, but never let the final aim out of our sight'... [read more]
 

A Putsch Against War

by Uri Avnery

Fri 11th May 2012
Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [read more]

The New Mandela

by Uri Avnery

Sat 7th Apr 2012
Uri Avnery writes about the determination of the Israeli state to keep Marwan Barghouti, Palestine's Mandela, behind bars... [read more]

All Quiet on the Southern Front

by Uri Avnery

Tue 20th Mar 2012
Uri Avnery comments on the rationale behind Israel's latest bombing of the Gaza strip... [read more]
 

Hurrah for Egypt!

by Uri Avnery

Sat 4th Feb 2012
Uri Avnery has warm words for the new democratically elected Egyptian parliament... [read more]

The Blockbusters

by Uri Avnery

Mon 23rd Jan 2012
Uri Avnery shows how the differences that exist between the different cultural blocs in Israeli society are a barrier to peace ... [read more]

The Stolen War

by Uri Avnery

Mon 9th Jan 2012
Uri Avnery shows how Hamas' decision to make peace with Israel scuppers plans for war... [read more]
 

Shukran, Israel

by Uri Avnery

Mon 2nd Jan 2012
If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bête noire, Israel, states Uri Avnery ... [read more]

The King's speech

by Uri Avnery

Sun 11th Dec 2011
Uri Avnery discusses the implications of a parliamentary bill that would seek to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank and into Jordan... [read more]

Weimar Revisited

by Uri Avnery

Tue 22nd Nov 2011
Uri Avnery explains how the three main pillars of Israeli democracy - the courts, the media and the human rights organisations - are under threat from the political right. ... [read more]
 

''You are fed up with him?''

by Uri Avnery

Tue 15th Nov 2011
Uri Avnery gives his opinion on a recent leaked conversation between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy... [read more]

Empty words from Israel?

by Uri Avnery

Mon 7th Nov 2011
Uri Avnery casts a close eye on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's threat of an attack against Iran... [read more]

Everybody's son

by Uri Avnery

Sun 23rd Oct 2011
Uri Avnery comments on the recent Israel-Palestine prisoner swap and the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit... [read more]
 

The More Enemies, The More Honor

by Uri Avnery

Mon 17th Oct 2011
Uri Avnery reflects upon Israel's faltering relations with its allies.... [read more]

Mutiny on the Titanic

by Uri Avnery

Sun 2nd Oct 2011
Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

The Return of the Generals

by Uri Avnery

Mon 22nd Aug 2011
Uri Avnery discusses how a recent resurgence of hostilities between Islamic militants and the Israeli army could undermine a growing social protest movement within Israel, playing right into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s hands.... [read more]
 

The New Anti-Semitism

by Uri Avnery

Wed 17th Aug 2011
Uri Avnery, Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement, offers a warning from history as he examines a modern form of racism taking root across Europe.... [read more]

Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!

by Uri Avnery

Fri 28th May 2010
Uri Avnery on conspiracy theories, old and new.... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

by Uri Avnery

Fri 9th Apr 2010
The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]
 

The Kangaroo

by Uri Avnery

Fri 5th Feb 2010
A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

by Uri Avnery

Fri 4th Dec 2009
Barack Obama has weakly capitulated to Binyamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement-building in the heart of the Arab community in East Jerusalem, says Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Scoundrel with Permission

by Uri Avnery

Fri 20th Nov 2009
Uri Avnery on how a spate of brutal murders by recent Jewish immigrants to Israel has focused attention on the country's controversial Law of Return.... [read more]
 

Wobbly Stools

by Uri Avnery

Fri 18th Sep 2009
Uri Avnery considers the respective struggles facing three embattled leaders - Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas.... [read more]

Tutu's Prayer

by Uri Avnery

Fri 4th Sep 2009
Looking back at the fall of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, Uri Avnery asks what lessons - if any - can be learned by activists campaigning for justice for Palestine.... [read more]

Whose Acre?

by Uri Avnery

Fri 21st Aug 2009
Uri Avnery on how the battle over the identity of the historic port of Acre reflects wider struggles over cultural identity in Israel-Palestine.... [read more]
 

Lover of the Country

by Uri Avnery

Fri 14th Aug 2009
Uri Avnery remembers a writer and activist who devoted his life to challenging the militarism of the Israeli state.... [read more]

Yes, You Can!

by Uri Avnery

Fri 31st Jul 2009
Barack Obama faces a historic challenge in the Middle East, as Uri Avnery explains.... [read more]

The Johnny Procedure

by Uri Avnery

Fri 24th Jul 2009
Uri Avnery on the conspiracy of silence which protects Israeli war criminals.... [read more]
 

Matter of the Heart

by Uri Avnery

Fri 17th Jul 2009
Uri Avnery looks back over the first 100 days of Binyamin Netanyahu's second term as Israeli Prime Minister.... [read more]

The Tone and the Music

by Uri Avnery

Fri 12th Jun 2009
While Obama proclaims the 21st century, the government of Israel is returning to the 19th, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Who's the Boss?

by Uri Avnery

Fri 10th Apr 2009
After a tumultuous few weeks in Israeli politics, Uri Avnery examines the worrying rhetoric emanating from the new administration.... [read more]
 

The Great Gamble

by Uri Avnery

Fri 20th Mar 2009
Uri Avnery assesses a critical moment in Israeli domestic politics.... [read more]