"Today, we lost one soul, one spirit, one heart: those of Amos Oz, who had brought so much beauty, so much love and a vision of peace in our lives", writes the artist, inviting the public to "read his books "sublime" and sending "a hug full of love" to the family of the deceased".
As a young man, Oz did his mandatory IDF service in the Nahal Brigade, and he later fought as a reservist in the Six-Day War in 1967 and Yom Kippur War in 1973.
He won countless awards, including the Israel Prize, and his books have been translated into dozens of languages.
In recent years, Oz spoke out against the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shunning official Israeli functions overseas in protest at what he called the "growing extremism" of his country's government. He was a longtime candidate for the Nobel Prize for literature. He became a vocal peace activist and was an early advocate for creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
His most famous writings include Black Box; A tale of love and darkness, which looks at his mother's suicide; and Judah, in which he highlights the figure of the traitor, a label pinned on him by the Israeli far right.
He said: "We need to divide it".
Natalie Portman opened up her "broken heart" to the world after the death of iconic Israeli author Amos Oz.
In recent years, Oz spoke out against the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shunning official Israeli functions overseas in protest at what he called the "growing extremism" of his country's government.
"Despite our diverging views on numerous issues, I have deeply appreciated his contribution to the Hebrew language and the revival of Hebrew literature", the premier said in a statement released by his office.
He was among the founders of Peace Now, a leftist organization that opposes Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and was a leading voice in the 2003 "Geneva Initiative", an unofficial peace plan reached by leading Israeli and Palestinians. "May his memory be a blessing".
The actress told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 she had met Oz and his wife, Nily, for tea in their apartment in Tel Aviv where she met the author before optioning his book. Israeli media said Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 that Israeli author Amos Oz has died at the age of 79.
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