Shamir, Moshe (1921–2004) By Ginsburg, Shai
A leading Israeli Hebrew author, playwright, essayist, opinion journalist, and editor. He started his literary career as a committed socialist Zionist. Yet he shifted ever more to the right, and in the aftermath of the 1967 Israeli–Arab War he became one of the leading spokespersons for the Israeli nationalist right, serving as a member of the Israeli parliament between 1977 and 1981 as a representative of that sector. This political transition was also reflected in his fiction. Shamir is widely recognised, alongside S. Yizhar, as the most prominent writer of what is generally known as the ‘1948 Generation’.