The peace warrior

The Robert Slater Interview: The peace warrior.

By ROBERT SLATER
November 28, 2013 12:40
Firm friends: Uri Avnery with Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, in 2002

The peace warrior. (photo credit: OSAMA SILWADI / REUTERS)

 
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Uri Avnery's shock of white hair, along with his white beard and mustache, are today just as they have been for years; and so are his spunk and intensity. At 90, he looks back on those decades when he was among Israel’s most reviled public figures with a mixture of pride and disappointment – proud that the radical left that he singlehandedly founded in the early 1950s has won its biggest political argument, that the Palestinians deserve a state – but dismayed that such a state has yet to be established.

Many who once vilified Avnery today benignly label him as a colorful gadfly who took on the nation’s political establishment, lost most of his battles, but was certainly Israel’s most noisy enfant terrible.

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