Yossi Sarid's poem strikes a heartfelt note following his death.
Yossi Sarid is a commentator and columnist for Haaretz newspaper, and lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. He is the author of six books.
During his 32-year tenure as a Knesset member, Sarid served as Education Minister, Environment Minister and leader of the Opposition as well as a member of various parliamentary committees. Sarid was also the head of the Meretz party from 1996 to 2003.
Sarid was born in 1940 in Rehovot, pre-state Palestine. He is married to Dorit; they have three children and five grandchildren.
Every country helps out its own spies and murderers who have acted on behalf of the country. And the Jewish tribe does better at it than any other of them.
Shimon Peres, security chiefs and writers all failed to issue their warnings about the government's policies when it could still have made a difference.
Desperate times call for desperate measures — and this Kahanist Knesset is desperate indeed.
Lawmakers from his faction, senior staffers in his party, lobbyists in his service, executives that he appointed, his PR agents and advisers, his neighbor, driver and attorney. How could Lieberman have known that dozens of his cronies went astray?
From here on the breakers will come in sequence, because one generation of children goes and another comes, each one more mature and less forgiving than the last.
Rehavam Ze'evi was murdered by an Arab, so everything is clear and simple. Yitzhak Rabin was murdered by a Jew, and that doesn't suit us or the times.
It's only a matter of time and luck before a Jew is riddled with bullets just because he looks like an Arab.
Not everything I did and said in 40 years of politics was right, but nothing was so shameful that I hid myself away in my house.
Why not include some right-wing elements in the ceremony? The same people who once taunted Rabin will now praise him.
Amid all the unforgettable statements made between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the prime minister said one thing which explains all our troubles.
Anyone who has never been in a theater and doesn’t feel the need to listen to classical music or read can't be culture minister.
More than anything else, I am ashamed because of Israel’s locked gates when refugees from all over the world are begging for a gate to open.
Secular people may be less blissful, but at least they have a choice.
Only one person is innocent of everything, free of all blame for the tragic fiasco that put a spoke in the wheel of peace and sent the left down to the torments of hell.
I wonder who else has taken such measures required by the 'situation.' The rest of us have more valuable assets to deposit.
Yes, we know all the excuses. Without us it will be worse. We’ll influence from the inside. Still, there are some who do not run scared.
The 'sharp condemnations' of Jewish terror have lost their value and become empty gestures. Who are they trying to impress? Certainly not the murderers, for whom the storm of rebuke only puts more wind in their sails.
Spend the evening with Benjamin Netanyahu as he ponders his next cabinet meeting and whatever happened to his dreams of greatness.
Don't scorn the 'purists,' the 'refined' and the 'not pragmatic,' who are the salt of the earth, and without whom we are left only with the clods.
I was stunned upon receiving this picture of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during his first visit to the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv recently. I’d love to know the cause of the mirth.
Not only was there no applause when Benjamin Netanyahu entered – an uncomfortable silence engulfed the room. No one booed him, but no one stood up to honor him.
The idyl was fertilized by the sweat of the neighbors and their small children, and irrigated with the water we stole from them.
Our problem is that there is no voice of inspiration in Israel today; no voice that is heard above all the other voices.
Newly released documents reveal what we already knew about the first Lebanon war: our leaders lied to us. Expect something similar to emerge when the archive is finally opened on last summer’s Gaza war.
How long will Netanyahu act like Putin, Erdogan and Berlusconi, but ask to be rewarded like Nelson Mandela?
'They begged, they cried, and it wasn’t pleasant. Who carried out the killing? The officers. Just the officers. The regular soldiers were sent on ahead.'
The new spirit Pope Francis is trying to bring to the world isn't suitable for us Israelis.
The ultra-Orthodox and settlers are being pampered with our money. Perhaps there’s a point where it’s a good deed to steal from a government that is itself a thief.
When did our justices last offer aid to the weak, hope to the desperate? When did the ‘judges in Jerusalem’ last come to their aid?