My Friend, the Enemy

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My Friend, the Enemy

By Uri Avnery
Lawrence Hill, 1986
340 pp. $19.95

The crossed Israeli and Palestinian flags on the book jacket are the symbol of Uri Avnery's tireless efforts for peace and reconciliation between the two peoples, in his parliamentary activity, his public appearances in Israel and abroad, and his contacts with the Palestinians. Among the latter were PLO representatives Said Hammami and Issam Sartawi and, on a different level, Yasir Arafat himself. The book is largely about meetings and conversations with those three, recounted in often interesting detail. Unfortunately for the cause of those who were trying to break down the barriers to peace, they were no match for the hard-liners, the establishments and the "political realists" on both sides (including Arafat), and were often in personal danger. Hammami and Sartawi were rewarded with death by assassination, and Avnery remains on the fringes of Israeli politics.

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