David Landau's biography of Ariel Sharon is essential reading for anyone who wants to get to know the man who believed it was his destiny to save the Jewish people.
David Landau, former editor-in-chief of Haaretz and founder of its English-language edition, passed away in Jerusalem on January 27, 2015, at the age of 67.
On the first anniversary of former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau's death, The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland recalls what made him such an unusual and valued colleague.
Like a case of phantom pain, I wanted to consult him, but he was no longer there.
To Landau, whose love for the better things in life was ambivalent.
‘There is no greater crime than the occupation,’ the former Haaretz editor-in-chief used to say. First and foremost he meant the crime against the Jewish people, Zionism and Israel’s diplomatic interests.
'Religious in depth, liberal in breadth' – thus the former president of Israel recalls the late David Landau, who worked with him on two books.
The late editor battled every bit of egotism, whether of the settlers or the left. He had his faith behind him.
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He was an Orthodox editor of a secular newspaper; British to his soul, editor of a Hebrew newspaper; he was a radical Zionist and a no less radical leftist, some of whose family lived in settlements, settlements that he regarded as a disaster.
Even as he raged against the dying of the light, he basked in the love and affection he could finally see.
Israel's president calls him ‘an uncompromising friend and equally uncompromising ideological adversary.’
Landau joined Haaretz in 1993, founded its English-language edition in 1997 and served as editor-in-chief between 2004 and 2008.