Israel in a Historical Perspective: From Generation to Generation – The Origins of the 1967 War. From "The Other Israel (1972): The Radical Case Against Zionism"
While Avneri warns against militarization and Spartanization, he never ceases to glorify the Israeli army. While repeatedly declaring his desire for peace, he becomes a rabid chauvinist once a war breaks out. While critical of zionism he pleads loyalty to patriotism and accuses his opponents of damaging the national interest.
Especially hysterical is the incitement and haranguing issued by those Israeli journalists who are in the habit of wrapping themselves in a cloak of “decency” and even “progressiveness”, and who like to pretend that they are not quite happy about the Israeli establishment: Uri Avnery, Amos Kenan and Boaz Evron.
Zionism, the "Jewish Power" movement aiming to re-establish Jewish independence by means of colonisation in Palestine, was forced ‒ by its own aims and means ‒ into a partnership with British colonialism and later with US imperialism.
When Zionists talk of "the threat of annihilation", they do not mean "physical extermination" but mainly the denial of special rights to Jews in Palestine. Zionists will only accept the principle of "one person ‒ one vote" as long as Jews are in the majority.
The debate taking place in Israel about the future of the Occupied Territories concerns inevitably the nature of Israel and the Zionist claim that the Jews have a “right” over the Palestinian territory. Thus the most fundamental principles of Zionism are back on the agenda.
The choice is between an Israeli and Middle Eastern State of Israel, aiming to integrate in its environment — and a Zionist state, a foreign body in this region, a state that is subordinated to the Jewish communities around the world and to the global “power centers” where most Jews are located.
Hebrew nationalism is indeed opposed to Zionism; but it is incapable of confronting Zionism thoroughly and repudiating it radically, root and branch. For the Hebrew nation has come into being as a result of the Zionist colonization of Palestine, and therefore the nationalist outlook, for which this nation is an absolute and supreme value, cannot radically repudiate Zionism, its progenitor. Hebrew nationalism can only claim that Zionism is outdated, no longer suited to present conditions, and Hebrew nationalism ought to be embraced in its place.
A political solution must sooner or later be found, that is both realistic and just. The alternative is ‒ eventually ‒ war, which will at best only defer, not solve, the political problems.
Recognising the right to self-determination of the Kurdish people and establishing an independent Kurdish state would not in any way be detrimental to the Arab liberation movement; on the contrary, an independent Kurdish state in Iraqi Kurdistan could become a centre and lever for the entire Kurdish national movement in Iran and Turkey.