Hospital: Israeli peace pioneer Abie Nathan dead at 81

Hospital officials say Israeli peace pioneer Abie Nathan has died at the age of 81. Nathan burst onto the world of Middle East diplomacy in 1966 with a dramatic solo flight to Egypt in a rattletrap single-engine plane, more than a decade before Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty. Although he failed in his initial bid to talk peace with the Egyptians, his daredevil escapade won the affection of many Israelis and launched a long and often eccentric one-man crusade to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. For many years he ran the "Voice of Peace" pirate radio station off the coast of Israel, appealing to all sides to end their decades of conflict. After suffering a stroke, he was inactive in recent years. He died Wednesday in a Tel Aviv hospital.