Alexander Cockburn was one of Uri's most faithful readers. Even though Cockburn disagreed with Avnery about the two-state solution and other political matters, he admired the high quality and fluidity of Avnery's prose. Cockburn once told me that Avnery reminded him of his father Claud. Alex marveled at his ability to churn out original and compelling columns even while struggling with illness, age or the loss of his wife.
But most of all we admired Avnery's optimism in the face of despair, which never wavered even in the darkest hours.