Uri Avnery's Column


The Second Battle of Trafalgar
A MIGHTY naval battle took place this week on the waves of the Mediterranean. It will go down in history as the equal of Salamis or Trafalgar. • More...

War Crimes? Us???
"WAR IS HELL!" the US general George Patton famously exclaimed.

War is the business of killing the "enemy", in order to impose your will on them.

Therefore, "humane war" is an oxymoron. • More...

Isratin or Palestrael?
THERE WAS this guy who had an earth-shaking invention: an airplane that flies on water.

No more gas. No more pollution. No more astronomical prices. Just fill it up with water, and it will fly to... • More...

BDS, the New Enemy
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU was racking his brain. His whole career is based on fear mongering. Since Jews have lived in fear for millennia, it is easy to invoke it. They are addicts. • More...

The Real Naqba
THREE WEEKS ago was Naqba Day – the day on which Palestinians inside and outside Israel commemorate their "catastrophe" - the exodus of more than half of the Palestinian people from the... • More...

The Map on the Wall
A FORMER cabinet minister, an intelligent person (nonetheless) asked me the other day: "Let's assume that your plan is realized. A Palestinian state will come into being side by side with Israel... • More...

WHO WILL SAVE ISRAEL?
THE BATTLE is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed.

It is time to take stock. • More...

The War of Fools
A few days ago, Israeli TV Channel 10 broadcast an investigative story about the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, known as "Lebanon War II". • More...

A Day and Night-mare
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A Boy Called Bibi
THERE ARE two different opinions about Binyamin Netanyahu. It is difficult to believe that they concern the same person. • More...

Cats in a Sack
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"There Are Still Judges…"
THIS WEEK I won a dubious distinction: a groundbreaking Supreme Court judgment has been named after me.

It is an honor I would have gladly dispensed with. • More...

National Unity
MY FIRST reaction after the election was: “Oh, no! Not a National Unity Government, please! • More...

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?
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The Israeli Salvation Front
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The Messiah Hasn't Come
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For whom to Vote?
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The Speech
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An Expensive Speech
WINSTON CHURCHILL famously said that democracy is the worst political system, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. • More...

Anti-What?
ANTI-SEMITISM is on the rise. All over Europe it is raising its ugly head. Jews are in danger everywhere. They must make haste and come home to Israel before it is too late.

True? Untrue?

Nonsense. • More...

The Casino Republic
WHO IS the ruler of Israel?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, of course.

WRONG. • More...

Over Bottled
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Zionists All
MANY TIMES people ask me: "Are you a Zionist?"

My stock answer is: "Depends on what you mean by Zionism."

This is quite sincere. The term Zionism can mean many different things. Like the term... • More...

Galant's Gallant Act
THERE USED to be a joke about a sadist and a masochist. • More...

Waving in the first Row
THE THREE Islamic terrorists could have been very proud of themselves, if they had lived to see it. • More...

Half of Shas
THE SHAS party has split into two. Opinion polls show that both parts are hovering around the 3.12% threshold which is now necessary for entering the Knesset, after the minimum was raised by the... • More...

The Rock of our Existence
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My Glorious Brothers
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Splendid Isolation
ALMOST A thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine. • More...

Can the Duke become King?
ON MONDAY, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election. For many of its members it was a sad day, a kind of political hara-kiri. They have no chance of... • More...