Saturday, May 30, 2009

Amos Elon: He saw Israel and the surrounding nations clearer than most

Amos Elon passed away this week, away from Israel these past few years. Still, he was a sane voice and a wise one on many issues having to do with that cauldron of tribalism.

A nice eulogy essay by Bernard Avishai over at Josh Marshall's place is here.

This was his last review essay in the New York Review of Books, from February 14, 2008. It's not that we agreed on every nuance, but Elon had a basic understanding of the frustrations of both sides, and recognized fairly well the need for Israel to change its ways, too.

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