Profound respect for Amos Oz’s insights | Letters

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Ruth Lewis mourns the Israeli author’s death, and Simon Diggins on lessons from his view of the occupation

Heartbroken at the loss of Amos Oz (Obituary, 29 December). Like his Israeli friend David Grossman, he was so much more than the great writer. His chosen name, Oz, gave strength to us lesser mortals and encouraged us to believe that one day Israel would again become a “light among the nations”. Probably more valued abroad than at home, he was not afraid to speak out when his country disappointed him.

I am so glad I heard him speak several times at Jewish Book Week. His English was perfect, but he was always generous in his praise of his favoured translator Nicholas de Lange, describing their relationship as a “marriage where each partner knows what the other is about to say”.

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