Israel and her Neighbors

War, Peace, and the Role of the Writer

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
November 23, 2015

In a 1989 interview for Reform Judaism magazine, I asked Amos Oz, one of Israel’s best-known writers and peace activists, about the role of the writer in society.  

“In the West,” he explained, “especially in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, writers and poets are