The Prince of Asturias prize for literature has been won by Amos Oz. He is the first Israeli writer to be honoured by the twenty-six year old “Prince of Asturias foundation”. Oz is not just a writer of 18 adult and children’s books. He has also four hundred and fifty articles and essays on what can be loosely described as “the Israeli condition” to his credit, many have been translated abroad.
For years a Labour Party member and close to new President Shimon Peres, he was once in the running to take the party leadership. He has been a supporter of a two-state peace solution with the Palestinians since 1967.