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In the Face of Zealotry, Oz Represented the Voice of Sanity

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In his last book, “Mimah Asui Hatapuah?” (“What Is in an Apple?,” published in Hebrew this year), Amos Oz told his literary editor, Shira Hadad, that prime ministers often invited him for heart-to-heart talks and asked, “Where did we go wrong?” and “Where do we go from here?” All of them spoke admiringly of his skill at putting his ideas into words, but disagreed with his opinions. “Once in my life, just once, I want to have some prime minister tell me, ‘Amos Oz, you’re talking crap, you’re putting it really terribly, but you know what? You’re right.’ That’s the only thing I want to hear before I leave this world.”

He did not get that, neither during his life nor at his death. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Oz, saying: “I deeply admired his contribution to the Hebrew language........

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