Lurie's new art form
The UNITING PAINTING: The World Is Its Canvas
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The UNITING PAINTING will surround the globe and bind it by art and goodwill.

The UNITING PAINTING is alive and curious by nature.

The UNITING PAINTING integrates into the environments it travels through.

The UNITING PAINTING uses the synergy of art & environment as a survival tool.

The UNITING PAINTING enjoys being looked at, but insists on looking back at us.


 

As we go to museums to look at art, this painting goes to the world to watch us. The globe is its canvas, and we the people are the art that it observes. As it ventures farther out, it begins to see the beauty of our varied cultures and landscapes, and its excitement cannot be contained. It encircles the world and stops off at varied cities to see the splendor and rich life that civilization has created.

The painting's journey may begin on a canvas attached to the ceiling, and from there glide down the wall over more canvases; from there it will escape the confines of the traditional arty canvas material. Once the motif reaches the floor, it will weave its way into carpet, be carved into wood, or be chiseled in marble, depending on the ground's character. From now on anyone can walk or even dance on it.

The UNITING PAINTING may now wish to explore the outdoors.

There it may become a form of colorful mosaic embedded in cement, capable of braving the elements. If it seeksl to travel to the big city by using the asphalt road, the artist will implant multihued cobblestones continuing its original motif. Even cars can run on it. From the metropolis, the art will flow via colorful pebbles to the local waterway, which will carry the now-virtual-painting through the ocean to another city, in a remote country, placed in a faraway continent.

After resetting its motif, colors and thematic shape in its new destination, it will make a U-turn back to the ocean, and proceed to yet another distant capital. The UNITING PAINTING, which may have started 10,000 miles away and begun to germinate thirty-five years ago, will continue and adjust to the environment, which in return will assure the painting's physical well-being and persistence.

Thus it will continue to deliver from cities to country, from mountains to continents, its baton of unity and goodwill among people.

 

About the artist:

Ranan R. Lurie appears twice in the same 1999 Guinness Book of World Records, representing two very different categories.

He holds for 20 consecutive years the title of “The most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world,” as well as being a scion to the oldest recorded living family today: "His family is directly descended from the royal house of the biblical King David and can trace its genealogy back to the 10th century BC."

So far he drew 10 art albums and cartoon books, and wrote one novel.

He won 22 national and international awards, had 19 one man shows, sculpted 28 statues, painted more than 2000 oil and acrylic paintings, wrote about 3000 articles, and created more than 11,000 political cartoons.

He was invited (between 1968-2003) by 16 major media conglomerates based in the U.S., Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel and Egypt to launch their first regular political cartoon and continue drawing it for them, using them as his changing home bases throughout the years.

He and his wife Tamar live now in Manhattan, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut.

1815: The family, headed by the nabob Jonas-Joseph Lurie, Tsar Alexander's former Senior Economic Advisor, arrives in Jerusalem. The Lurie family must leave Russia after the clan's head turned coat and started to support a new chosen Royal: Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who declares equality to all minorities under his rule. In 1812 Napoleon retreats from Moscow to Paris, but not before he grants the Lurie patriarch, on a blistering, snowy December night, his coat "So that your offspring will remember that Napoleon was their friend." The Emperor's gorgeous outfit was covered with pure-gold buttons and braids, ornamented over a beautiful green velvet material (see cover of book above.) This Lurie Napoleonic family heirloom now hangs at the Haifa Museum, after a grand unveiling ceremony conducted in the presence of Government officials, the mayor of Haifa, Ambassadors, dignitaries and thousands of people in Haifa on October 2, 2004. It was combined with the opening of Ranan Lurie's art exhibition at the same Museum, at the same time, followed by a retrospective show of the artist's life. The city's philharmonic orchestra set the background for the entire event, concluding (appropriately) with Tchaikovsky's "1812" followed by fireworks.

While the French Emperor was traveling to Paris, Jonas-Joseph Lurie started his long Journey to Jerusalem, where, upon arrival, he became there the head of the Jewish community.

1898: His mother's side came from the Ukraine, where they made their living as ranchers. In their new country they recreated their ranch in Kastina, not far from Gaza. They were also the pioneers who started the first towns in upper Galilee. During a fight his grandfather had with Bedouins, who tried to take over his newly built house, he killed two of them with his bare hands.

1910: The grandparents migrated almost immediately (for fear of blood vengeance,) to Perth, Australia, with their 4 year old girl, Ranan's mother.

1932: His parents (the father a young "Shell" executive and his mother, an English teacher) arrive from Tel Aviv to the convenience of the grandfather's villa in Egypt, to give birth, and return to Tel Aviv with the baby, four days later.

1938: "Herzlia" elementary & high school, Tel Aviv.

1946: At 14 he joins the "Irgun" underground and lies about his age so that he can join a combat unit ... At school he is the Hand Ball Team's captain, and the youngest member of the national Hand Ball youth team.

1948: At 16, he's wounded in the battle for the defense of Tel Aviv. Immediately after recuperating, he's sent to officer school's entrance exams, and is placed as a cadet in Israel's first pilot's course.

1949: After a full year of flight training, he's washed out just before graduation because of unauthorized (very) low flying. Nevertheless, he's appointed the Israeli Air Force's spokesman at the ripe age of 18. He's now Israel's youngest officer.

1949: Lurie studies at the Art Academy in Jerusalem, and is taught by the country's leading masters: Joseph Zaritsky, Reuben Rubin, Mordechai Ardon and Myron Sima. While making his living as a portrait painter, he also dwells in political cartooning (In 1981, Britain's PUNCH magazine will describe him, perhaps cynically: "He's like a van Gogh with a sense of humor…" PUNCH also mentions that "unlike most Israelis, Ranan Lurie's family is not a 'Johnny comes lately' to the Holy Land, but made of the true Israeli 'Mayflower' stock...")

 

 

 

1951: Keeps body and soul together by working as a magazine cover artist, correspondent and a cartoonist for "MA'ARIV" daily and "BAMACHANE" weekly.

1952: His first best-selling cartoon book appears (with nine more to follow throughout the years.) The international media, from the NEW YORK TIMES to THE LONDON SUNDAY TIMES and LE FIGARO start to reprint his work. He starts building his name as an international political cartoonist.

1953: He participates, as a military correspondent, in several commando-raids conducted behind enemy lines. His articles are distributed around the world. He also worked as the art director and cartoonist for "HA'OLAM HA'ZEH" magazine.

1953: He's appointed deputy editor of "Ha'dor" daily, the smallest of Israel's 3 evening tabloids, the organ of the country's biggest party, led by Prime Minister Ben Gurion.

1954: He's appointed editor-in-chief of the privately owned weekly news magazine, "Tevel".

1954: While never serving in the professional army, he is assigned to a reserve unit of Special Forces skydivers, reaching the rank of major. He's sent abroad to train and jump with the paratroopers of the French Foreign Legion, the 16th Independent Parachute Regiment of Great Britain, and the famous U.S. 101st Airborne Division ("Screaming Eagles").

1954: He infiltrates the flag ship of the enemy's fleet, wins the country's highest journalism award "For unprecedented bravery," as the judges announced.

1955: Aba Eban opens his first fine art show in Jerusalem.

1956: YEDIOTH AHARONOT, Israel's leading newspaper, hires him to serve as its chief political cartoonist.

1957: Guest-lecturer of the U.S. Air force and paratroopers in Edwards Base, California, where he arrives right after the 1956 Sinai Campaign. Lurie was invited to talk about and analyze said campaign.

1957: Once in the USA, he meets with the legendary Clare Luce Booth, the wife of Henry Luce, owner and publisher of TIME-LIFE. LIFE publishes a several page spread of his cartoons. Once his art appears in the International edition of LIFE, his cartoons gain global momentum.

1958: He marries the beautiful Tamar Fletcher, whom he met on the cruise ship that took them to London two years ago.

1962: Rod, their first son, is born. He'll graduate from West Point, serve in a combat unit in West Germany and become a movie director-writer-producer. He'll create "DETERRENCE" (With Timothy Hutton & Kevin Pollack), "THE CONTENDER", (With Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges, both nominated for the Oscar for their performance in said movie), "THE LAST CASTLE" (starring Robert Redford), ABC's "Commander-in-Chief" (With Gina Davis and Donald Sutherland).

1962: His second cartoon album, "Lurie's Best Cartoons from Israel," is published. Aba Eban writes the forward.

1963: He completes a combat company commanders' course conducted under the supervision of Colonel Ariel Sharon.

1963: His major fine art exhibition is opened by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, in Tel Aviv.

1963: His parachute burns out at 800 feet, during a sky- diving jumping exercise. His reserve chute saves his life at the last second.

1963: Barak, the family's second son, lands too. (He'll graduate from Stanford; become a lawyer and an inventor of the special software system that identifies the right lawyer for the searching client).

1965: Daphne, the family's first daughter, joins the clan (she'll graduate from Williams College, to become a Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, Calif.)

1966: Montreal's leading gallery, the "Dominion," sponsors a one-man's fine art exhibit of his oils.

1967: May 23. The President of Israel, the Honorable Zalman Shazar, unveils Ranan's oil portraits exhibit at "EXPO '67" in Montreal, including the one that he sat for.

1967: May 26. Reservist Lurie flies back to the Middle East, knowing that war is imminent. As soon as he arrives, he becomes in charge of the famous spot known as "The bottleneck of Israel", between Natanya and Tul-Karem. "You'd better dig in deep, said the general - from here, you have no place to retreat to, unless you're terrific swimmers."

1967: The escapades of Major Lurie behind enemy lines draw the attention of the main-stream international media. At the end of that short war, many long stories are published about his ventures- adventures.

1967: AP: "ARAB EXPULSION ENDED BY CARTOONIST."

1967: Major Lurie refuses to obey an order to expel 7000 Palestinians from their home town of Anabta, on the West Bank, and finds himself on a verge of a court martial. He reports about the expulsion order to Prime Minister Eshkol, an old friend, painting the political and moral results in dire colors to Israel's leader. The Premier supports his assessment, instructs General Dayan to return all the Arabs that were expelled so far to their homes. Later, Dayan comes to the artist's studio to sit for his portrait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lurie oil painting portrait, circa 1970.
A Lurie oil painting portrait, circa 1967.
The artist's wife, circa 1966.
Lurie finds no conflict between his cartooning and painting.
Each is a refined art form, he says, though vastly different. And for him, at least, they are complementary.
Portrait of Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the house, who sat for this portrait and was quite shocked to see the results. Circa 1985.
Portrait of a man. Watercolor and pencil, circa 2005.

1967: LIFE Magazine publishes a major article about Major Lurie, then invites and brings him over to the United States to become its resident political cartoonist and cover artist. LIFE is the first of a line of fourteen leading publications and T.V. networks that will do the same in years to come.

1968: He creates within his new Stamford, Connecticut home the beginnings of the "UNITING PAINTING." In comparison to the scope of his forthcoming models, the Stamford one is an embryo.

1969: The "Grey Lady", the NEW YORK TIMES, follows in LIFE's foot steps, and recruits Lurie to draw giant front-page political cartoons for its "Week-in-Review" section.

1970: One of America's biggest syndicates, "United Features," now signs a lucrative contract with the newcomer to the country.

1971: The number of his newspaper clients rises within one year to over 75, spreading from coast to coast.

1972: The family can now afford a move to a larger home in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he can develop his giant "UNITING PAINTING" master plan: It will be created on canvases, woven into carpets, cemented into mosaic, planted as bushes into the ground, spread as cobblestones, painted over cement in acrylics.

1972: Secretary of State William Rogers requests Lurie to fulfill a secret diplomatic mission for the United States in the Middle East, by communicating directly with Prime Minister Golda Meir. Rogers deliberately went over the heads of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, as well as Ambassador Rabin and Foreign Minister Aba Eban: The Americans want to make sure that a secret message given to them by president Sadat of Egypt for the Israeli Prime Minister, will reach her directly, accurately, and without "interpretations". Lurie fulfilled the request.

1973: LIFE folds on a Friday, and NEWSWEEK Int. offers him the next Monday to launch his own political cartoons regular page. It will run, world wide, for several years.

1973: Lurie is invited to exhibit his one-man's art show in the U.S. Senate, sponsored by both Democrat and Republican parties. It's a first in the history of the House.

1973: The NEW YORK TIMES publishing house prints his first American political cartoon book, titled "Nixon Rated Cartoons," declares it a major best seller of its kind.

1974: The NEW YORK TIMES publishing house now publishes his second political cartoon book, "Pardon me, Mr. President!" with a forward by Vice President Gerald Ford.

1974: The Luries become U.S. citizens.

1975: He prepares for NEWSWEEK five full pages of interview/cartoons about U.N.'s Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, starting a new genre of in-depth interviews accompanied with his cartoons.

1976: Once NEWSWEEK establishes this mixed-medium in an ongoing series of similar interviews, the magazine requests Lurie to interview the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General George Brown. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, a Lurie acquaintance, helps him get the interview. The general, pressed by Lurie's questions, blasts his heart open and confesses that he sees in America's most important ally, the United Kingdom, "nothing more than a bunch of generals-admirals-military bands." He identifies Members of congress as "a bunch of amateurs playing soldiers interfering in the pentagon's strategic planning." To Lurie's question, "Is Israel is an asset or a burden to America?" He answers, "Definitely a burden. These guys have more tanks than NATO," and that, "the Shah of Iran is contemplating the takeover of Saudi Arabia ... "

The pentagon puts massive pressure on Newsweek and Lurie not to publish the interview. The magazine backs down and kills the five page spread it contemplated for it. The magazine's editor, Robert Christopher, demands from Lurie not to mention that Newsweek sat on it for several months. Lurie refuses, and his column that ran for several years was cancelled. Lurie, a contributing editor to NEWSWEEK, who has his own signature full weekly page in the leading magazine, has to publish the interview through KING FEATURES, his world-wide syndicate.

When the interview appears in Lurie's 250 publications,, all hell breaks loose. The confused General Brown claims that he never, ever met Lurie, to begin with ... When the Pentagon summons Washington's media for a major press conference, Lurie presents photographs that show him with the general with the tapes on the table between them, as well as the transcripts of the tapes themselves. Rumsfeld pushes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff down the podium and says to the astonished press that "the general indeed does not know what he is talking about, and that he's not in a position to judge."

Lurie won't let go until the general admits on national television that "not only did I meet Lurie," but, also, "I have to admit that Mr. Lurie was accurate." Political pundits claim that since President Ford did not fire his Chief of Staff due to that interview, may have cost Ford the 1976 elections.

1977: Lurie, who finds out that General Brown was himself the Ku Klux Klan's choice for the presidency of the United States, continues to follow the general and discovers that at a secret meeting of top officials, the general recommended "very strict impositions, such as opening of citizens mail due to security concerns". On another occasion he said, "We Americans don't have the stomach to face the Soviets." A group of 19 congressmen, headed by Congressman Edward Koch (later to become Mayor of New York) demands from President Carter to fire General Brown.

General Brown retires.

1977: Lurie interviews Sadat on December 14, at the presidential palace of Giza. The interview between the two men appears on national U.S. television coast to coast. Later it's syndicated world wide. It will be the first time that an important Arab leader comes out against Islamic fanatacism. Years later, parts of the interview continue to appear on the "History Channel".

1978: Danielle, the youngest, finally arrives. (She'll graduate from Stanford, become a movie writer/director, win multiple awards for her first short film "In The Morning," and be invited by the U.S. congress to show and lecture to its members about the important significance of her movie.)

1979: The Luries decide to move systematically from one major world capital to another, enhance their international knowledge and comprehension of the global scene. The family starts its odyssey towards Honolulu, Hawaii "Capital of the Pacific," where he teaches art at the University of Hawaii ("The philosophy of a political cartoon") and creates for the local "Honolulu Advertiser" his daily cartoon.

1979: The Museum of Honolulu holds a one-man show of his fine art. The University Press of Hawaii Publishes his cartoon album "Lurie's Worlds, 1970-1980". The honorable Clare Booth Luce, former editor in chief of VANITY FAIR magazine, famous Broadway playwright, U.S. Congresswoman, U.S. Ambassador to Italy and wife of Henry Luce, (founder and publisher of TIME-LIFE-SPORTS ILLUSTRATED-FORTUNE-PEOPLE) writes the forward. There she describes Ranan Lurie as "The most influential political cartoonist in the world today ".

1980: The Guinness Book of World Records declares him for the first time, "The most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world." Lurie will maintain this growing record for 20 consecutive years, with no challengers.

1980-2000: From now on, he will be invited by eight different major publications, in different capitals (DIE WELT, Bonn, The LONDON TIMES, The ASAHI SHIMBUN of Tokyo, The U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT of Washington, D.C., TIME Int. Magazine, AL AHARAM of Cairo, the NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG of Switzerland and FOREIGN AFFAIRS Magazine based in New York) to join their editorial teams and launch their own, first international political cartoon, created by Lurie.

1980: He moves from Honolulu to Bonn, capital of West Germany, to join DIE WELT, one of Germany's three leading dailies, to become their political cartoonist and chief interviewer. It will be a stint of one year, as planned. "Kristal", Axel Springer's publishing house, prints his first German cartoon book called "SO SEIT LURIE".

1981: Now the LONDON TIMES joins in, and invites Lurie To Great Britain to have his daily cartoon installed daily in the proud organ of the British Empire. The Publishing company "Secker & Warburg" prints his seventh book, "LURIE'S ALMANAC", led by a forward written by the TIMES' Editor, Charles Douglas-Home. The family stays in England for two years, until the time comes for Ranan to fulfill his commitment to the leading Japanese paper, the ASAHI SHIMBUN of Tokyo.

1983: He and the rest of the family (Rod is now in West Point, Barak in Stanford), land in Japan. a long line of the ASAHI SHIMBUN editors wait to greet them at the air port. His title is "Chief political cartoonist and Senior political analyst."

1983: He creates Japan's national cartoon symbol (Japan's "answer" to UNCLE SAM...) and names it -- together with Japan's Prime Minister Takeo Nakasone -- "TARO San" ("First Born").

1983: He holds a major art exhibit in Tokyo, and the "Shinchosha" publishing house prints his first Japanese cartoon book, Named in Japanese "MR. TARO'S INTERNATIONAL POLITICS".

1984: Lurie helps reshape political, economic and diplomatic relationships between Japan and Israel, two countries that were indifferent towards each other before his initiative. Mr. Boaz Eppelbaum, the chief of staff of Israel's Prime Minister, Shimon Peres, reveals for the first time (Globes Magazine February, 2006:) "In my capacity as the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, I backed a daring mediation initiative, conceived and led by Ranan Lurie, between Prime Minister Shimon Peres to Japan's Prime Minister Takeo Nakasone. As result, diplomatic, economic and political relations were established between the two countries, which until then were totally estranged. That was the first time that a direct connection between the two leaders was established due to Mr. Lurie's efforts, and all this after many years of hostile estrangement stemming from the dependence of the rising sun superpower on Arab oil. Mr. Lurie was considered a prominent personality in Tokyo, where he served as a senior editor of Japan's major newspaper, the "Asahi Shimbun," and was well connected to the Prime Minister and the Imperial Palace (Through his Royal Highness, the Emperor's brother, Prince Mikassa. Within weeks, Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister paid an official visit to Jerusalem, and two months later Japan appointed her first ambassador to Israel."

Lurie is declared "Honorary Associate Member of the ASAHI SHIMBUN for Life" (the first time such an honor was bestowed on a foreigner by Japan's most prestigious publication)

1984: He's invited to
present his art at the Art Museum of Taipei, Taiwan.

1984: U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT magazine sends to Japan its chairman of the board, Marvin Stone, to sign on Lurie with the magazine as its political cartoonist and Senior Analyst.

1984: This time Lurie creates Taiwan's national cartoon symbol, "COUSIN LEE", the country's answer to "TARO SAN."

1985: He invents a new animation system for television cartoons, and as result, he's invited to create his daily animated cartoon on the screens of "THE MacNEIL/LEHRER" news hour and its 262 affiliated stations, as well as having them on Germany's Z.D.F.'s television network.

1987: Israel's leading publishing house, "Zmora Bitan" publishes his tenth political cartoon book, named "BEKAV RA'ANAN".

1987: He's requested by the Department of States to represent the U.S. at the political cartoonists' conference of the Americas in Quito, Ecuador.

1987: Rajiv Ratna Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, invites him "to see his country". He flies the Lurie couple all over India: After all is said and done, he is a pilot by profession.

1990: His daily animated cartoons begin to appear nightly on ABC's NIGHTLINE.

1990: He's invited to become an Adjunct Fellow at the CSIS ("CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES"), the Washington, D.C.-based leading think tank. In 1997 he'll become a Senior Adjunct Fellow, and in 2002 he'll be appointed a Senior Associate at the CSIS.

1991: Draws his animated cartoon for ABC's EARLY MORNING NEWS.

1992: He becomes a MENSA member.

1993: Lurie and President Mikhail Gorbachev collaborate by producing a joint column: The former Soviet president writes it, and Lurie draws, in principal, an opposing view. The column is syndicated internationally by the NEW YORK TIMES for several years.

1994: TIME Int. invites Lurie to start a weekly page of political cartoons. It appears, week after week for several years, until the magazine's H.Q. are moved abroad.

1995: He starts the preparations for an old idea he had: Teaching current events through political cartoons, knowing that current events is perhaps the only profession that can not be taught at school in real ("Current") time, at it should. Comes the wise, immediate cartoon and helps the student understand worldly events from graphic pundits, who bribe you with a smile. About sixty cartoonists, world wide, will be appearing in "CARTOON NEWS" regularly.

1996: "CARTOON NEWS, The current Events Educational Magazine", appears, reaches more than six hundred thousand school children within four years.

1996: Lurie invents a special rear-brake light for cars, "HAVING VARIABLE INTENSITY LIGHT AND SOUND WARNING", and is granted a United States patent number 5,481,243 for it.

1997: Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Ned S. Walker, Jr., help Ranan Lurie bring his political cartoons to the front pages of AL-AHRAM, the biggest and most prestigious Arab publication in the world.

The cover of an Egyptian magazine, 1997

"THE PEOPLE THAT PRESIDENT MUBARAK IS INTERESTED IN THEIR OPINIONS" (from bottom, clockwise: Secretary Madeleine Albright, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the late P.L.O.'s boss Yasser Arafat, Libya's strongman Omar Khadafi, Syria's late dictator Assad, President Bill Clinton, Iranian leader Rafsanjani, and Ranan Lurie

On February 25, 1997, Mubarak, Egypt's all-powerful president, devotes two important hours of his time to a private meeting at his palace with Tamar and Ranan. This is his third meeting over the years with the artist-journalist. Mubarak, who received Ranan as an “inheritance” from president Anwar Sadat, listens to him. The clever Egyptian president has good reason to accept the advice of the American ambassador to Egypt, Ned S. Walker Jr., to “adopt” Ranan's cartoons. Thus, Mubarak strongly supports the campaign of bringing Ranan's political cartoons to the front pages of the most important newspaper in the Arab world, “Al-Ahram”. He sees this as a highly sigSenificant move toward clearing Egypt's reputation as a media-controlling state. Inviting an independent political cartoonist to appear on the front pages of “Al-Ahram”, an American, not to mention a former Israeli, would be a gesture of defiance towards his Western critics.

Left to right: Tamar and Ranan Lurie, President Mubarak; the presidential palace in Cairo. February 25, 1997

Throughout March 1997 “Al-Ahram” publishes his daily cartoons on its main editorial pages, and the Arab public is beginning to follow with great interest the new style of opinion. The Middle East finds itself facing another viewpoint.

The campaign fails abruptly, because of a detail that sophisticated politicians, both in the United States and in Egypt, did not take into consideration: The Egyptian cartoonists' association and the extremist Islamic zealots “rebel” against the “Jewish cartoonist”. Rumors circulate that the fanatics even threatened Mubarak's life if he did not cancel Al-Ahram's contract with Ranan. Ruz al-Yusuf , the sensationalist Egyptian magazine, publishes a photograph of Ranan with a large orange “Star of David” superimposed on his face, accompanied by a venomous article against Lurie. They publish a photograph of Ranan on the cover of the magazine together with a semi-naked belly-dancer, and print a full-page cartoon showing Ranan, as an Israeli Major, descending by parachute and sub-machine gun on the Egyptian pyramids, and … crushing them. Inflamed Egyptians react angrily toward Al-Ahram.

   



 

"RUS-IL-YOUSUF" magazine "warns" Egypt about the international cartoonist, by emphasizing his religion... (On the left, publisher and editor in chief of the respected "AL-AHRAM" who invited Lurie to the pages of the most prestigious Arab publication in the world)

 

Al-Ahram tries to counter-attack, and publishes – to the respected paper's credit it should be said – a leading editorial criticizing Ruz al-Yusuf's unbridled attack. The editor-in-chief invites Ranan Lurie to present his position and his strong refutation to the sensationalist weekly's slander, and publishes Lurie's article in full on a prominent page. But to the newspaper's great regret it is forced to cancel its contract with Lurie due to the Egyptian cartoonists' pressure.

An Uproar, led by fundamentalists against the foreign artist ("Not only a Jew, but an Israeli... Not only an Israeli, but a former Israeli paratrooper...") ensues in Egypt. His political cartoon column is stopped after 12 days of huge exposure in Egypt and the Arab world.

1998: His syndicate, CARTOONEWS INT., brings him to the ultimate on-going exposure in more than 1,100 papers, with a loyal readership of 104 million on a daily basis. No political cartoon has ever reached these dimensions before.

2000: The United Nations establishes its annual world wide political cartoon competition award, carrying his name. 13 awards are established, the top one will grant the winner $10,000.

2002: Nominated by the Republic of Cyprus for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize: "Mr. Lurie has contributed greatly, through his publications in the United States and in many other countries of the world, to the creation of a great spirit of understanding between the people of many races, and has helped in the effort to defuse hot political conflicts worldwide." President of the Republic of Cyprus, H.E. Glafcos Clerides.)

2002-3: He's invited by the LOS ANGELES TIMES to write a series of 19 political analyses for its Op-Ed pages.

2003: Working full time on and at the UNITING PAINTING, simultaneously with writing his novel.

2004: Working full time on and at the UNITING PAINTING, simultaneously with writing his novel.

2004: Lurie publishes "The Cartoonist's Mask," a novel, written in his native Hebrew. (A super spy plot, involving both the "Mossad" and the CIA.

Both spy agencies collaborate in training a young kid to become a topnotch political cartoonist, so that he can reach any leader, all over the world, intrview and check him out …

2005: His "UNITING PAINTING", originating from the United Nations, is unveiled on the 1st of November, 2005, at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York.

2006: The small cell-phone screen gives him an opportunity to develop an invention that may elevate phone companies' profits considerably.

2006: He now contemplates a connection between South & North Korea via the "Uniting Painting", The first part of the painting to be created in South Korea, and its second part to be completed in North Korea. On may 15, in Seoul, he shares dinner with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, South Korea's foreign Minister Ban ki-Moon and several Ambassadors at the Foreign Minister's mansion. On the 16 and 17 of May he holds meetings again with Mr. Ban, to discuss the connection via the "Uniting Painting" between North and South. He meets with him again, in New York, on July 1, for the fourth time. On July 23rd Foreign Minister Ban gives a private dinner in Lurie's honor when he arrives in Seoul.

2006: On August 22 the Honorable Kim, Moon-soo, Governor of GyeongGi-Do, the biggest province of Korea, that borders with North Korea, signes a contract with Lurie to create a huge "Uniting Painting DMZ". It will approach North Korea, Russia, China and Japan through four artistic arms the four countries.

2006: On September 21 the first leg of his art was unveiled at the pagoda near Imjingak, where thousands of baloons and hundreds of white doves soared into the air, in the direction of North Korea, exposing the first steel canvases of Lurie's "Uniting Painting DMZ", colored with the U.N.'s White and Blue.

2007: He's invited to serve as Chief Judge of Greece's National Political Cartoon Competition in Athens. While he was there, the Prime Minister of Greece, The Honorable Kostas Karamanlis invited Lurie to consider presenting the "Uniting Painting" in the new National Museum of Greece being completed just under the Parthenon. The Greek Minister of Culture, The Honorable Michalis Liapis added his blessings and delivered the mission and its execution to his General-Secretary Christos Zachopoulos. Lurie gets a driver and photographer and starts to work on his new epic mission - but then, unfortunately, the General-Secretary (weighing 325 pounds) was accused of corruption charges, jumps from the window of his fourth floor apartment. The Minister of Culture is finger-pointed for supporting his General-Secretary. Sooner or later a new Prime Minister is elected and the installation of the "Uniting Painting" together with other projects are put on the back burner which is fueled by the country's economic disasters.

2008: Ranan and Tamar are invited to Kathmandu, Nepal to plan the hoisting of the "Uniting Painting" on top of Mount Everest during the spring of 2011. The exciting venture is in progress right now.

2008: Meeting with Jean Plantu, France's leading political cartoonist of Le Monde and the head of "Cartoonists for Peace" who comes to Lurie's studios at the Time Warner building to invite him to join the new association which Lurie gladly accepts.

2008: As the "Cartoonists for Peace" Exhibition is unveiled in the Ministry of Culture in Paris, Lurie is met by the Minister of Culture, The Honorable Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.

2009: The Uniting Painting is invited to participate in the launch of the ultra-modern satellite dubbed "Ofek 9", by lending its image to the satellite's space travel. This mission fits well with the philosophy of the "Uniting Painting" which is to "hug" the world.

2010: June 22nd, at 10:15 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time, the "Uniting Painting" becomes the first and only fine art entity in space.

2010: He completes his brand new "Uniting Painting" project now in his new studio on Central Park West, New York.



A full page cartoon in RUS-IL-YOUSUF "warning Egypt" against Lurie,
the American/Israeli cartoonist who would "destroy" Egyptian pyramids
and AL-AHRAM with his cartoons...

Prime Minister of Greece, The Honorable Kostas Karamanlis,
while sitting for Mr. Lurie to have his portrait painted,
at his official home in Athens.

"Best French Friend," "Le Monde"
Front-Page Political Cartoonist, Jean Plantu,
visiting his New York Studio.

With Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres,
Minister of Culture and Media of France,
at an exhibit in Paris

   

"Uniting Painting" becomes the first and only fine art entity in space.

* "Ranan R. Lurie is the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world. As of July 1998, his work was published in 103 countries in 1,105 newspapers with a total circulation of 104 million copies." (The Guinness Book of World Records, 1999)

* "In January 1997, Chief Rabbi Lau of Israel and the Jerusalem Institute of Jewish Genealogy concluded that the Lurie (or Luria) family is directly descended from the royal house of the biblical King David and can trace its genealogy back to the 10th century BC. The Lurie family tree includes such distinguished members as the prophet Isaiah (8th century BC), the Rashi (1040-1105), Hillel Hanasi ("the Elder"; 30 BC-1st century AD), Felix Mendelssohn, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Salvador Luria, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Immanuel Jakobovitz, and Ranan Lurie." (The Guinness Book of World Records, 1999)

 

T.R. Fletcher,
Director,
The International
Advisory Board
for the
UNITING PAINTING

 

The Lurie home and studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his team of assistants

"

His cartoons, sculptures and oil paintings ... serve as historical documentation of the decade," THE NEW YORK TIMES quotes his exhibition curator.

America's leading  anchorman, Ted Koppel, writes, "I am in awe of Lurie's talent."

Italy's LA STAMPA anoints him "the king of American political cartoonists."   

 

Interviewing President Sadat of Egypt (December, 1977)

 

An Analysis of Lurie's work in one of Denmark's leading newspapers

 

LONDON TIMES Editor Charles Douglas-Home states in his forward to one of Lurie's books: "I remember feeling somewhat startled by his arrival, because THE TIMES had not been accustomed to the presence of a resident cartoonist and certainly not one who appeared to have such a precise and perfectionist idea of his role. My fears were unfounded as it turned out. Although he had not inhabited the culture of a British newspaper before, he quickly fit in with us. He attended our daily editorial conferences, made shrewd contributions from the back of the room, with a courtesy and insight borne of his wide international experience."

 

 

 

One of the most honored cartoonists in the world, Lurie's work has been recognized by prizes from the MONTREAL SALON OF CARTOONISTS, the FRONT PAGE AWARD from the Newspaper Guild of New York (three times), the ART DESIGNER'S AWARD, the CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE from the Overseas Press Club, the German GOLDEN PLATE AWARD, two JOHN FISCHETTI AWARDS and the HEADLINER'S AWARD. He was voted by his peers in the NATIONAL CARTOONISTS SOCIETY OF AMERICA as one of the three best editorial cartoonists in the United States for eight consecutive years.

 

The United States Senate invitation to Ranan Lurie's Exhibition.

 

Lurie developed a cartoon animation technique that enabled the production of a television daily news cartoon. It then appeared regularly on leading U.S. television networks, such as  "NIGHTLINE" and ABC's EARLY MORNING NETWORK television (more than 200 stations) from 1991 to 1993, as well as on THE MacNEIL/LEHRER NEWSHOUR, nightly, for a year. Germany's Z.D.F. network also picks his animated cartoons.

 

 

Sketching Prime Minister of Israel David Ben Gurion

 

 

His first foreign assignment: becoming the front page cartoonist of the "TIMES OF CYPRUS"

Cyprus , still ruled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of Britain , was the first foreign country where the author spent time as the staff political cartoonist of a local paper, the "Times of Cyprus”. These were exciting times: The sizeable island served already as a huge military base to the British and French armies preparing themselves for the invasion of Egypt , as a response to the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Abdul Nasser.

This new job was the author's first international experience, one of many to come: holding a full-time journalistic position in a leading local publication, while living in a foreign capital. At the same time that his cartoons were published lavishly on the front pages of his Cypriot newspaper, he won background interviews with Archbishop Makarious and members of the “Eoka” underground. His exclusive interview with the Queen's representative, the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Field Marshal Sir John Harding, gained international acclaim.

Guest-lecturer of the U.S. Air force and paratroopers in Edwards Base, California , right after the Sinai Campaign in 1956. Lurie was invited to discuss and analyze said campaign. In the picture: Lurie is invited to participate in an Air force fighter plane exercise.

Before coming to the U.S., he served as the staff  political cartoonist for Israel's largest paper, YEDIOTH AHARONOTH, for 11 years (1956-1967), and won Israel's highest journalism award. At the age of 20 he published the first of his 10 cartoon books. He  served as a police reporter, a military correspondent, an editorial page editor, a managing editor and finally, at the ripe old age of 22, he was appointed the editor in chief of an Israeli news magazine. Lurie studied at the school of fine art in Jerusalem, as well as benefiting from private tutoring by Meiron Sima, Yosef Zaritsky, and Re'uven Rubin, Israel's leading artists at the time. His first major fine art exhibition opened in 1963, in Tel-Aviv, in which Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Yosef Zaritsky unveiled the show.

 

He served as a reserve combat major in Israel's armed forces. He was sent to train and jump with the U.S.101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; with the paratroopers of the French Foreign Legion in Pau, southwest France; with the British 16th Independent Parachute Regiment in Aldershot, England; and with the Israeli special military skydivers unit.

 

The summer of 1963 presented the author with an unusual experience. While training Ghanaian paratroopers in Israel, during his reserve duty, he bailed out from ten thousand feet to demonstrate a sky diving jump. At two thousand feet he pulled his cable and unleashed his parachute. One of the cords hit the canopy of the chute causing friction, which in turn created a spark that ignited the entire canopy and burned it down. He thought that his Ghanaian trainees were performing some kind of a war dance in his honor until he heard them shouting in panic. When their shrieks combined with the meteor-like speed of his descent, he looked up and saw his parachute in flames. He pulled his reserve chute’s cord instantly and it managed to open by three-quarters before his feet were buried in the sands. The two husky Ghanaians paratroopers had to work hard to pry him from the sands, but he emerged from the ordeal, all parts intact. As a result of the accident, all parachute folding procedures had to be changed in the paratroopers brigade.

 

 

Associated Press, June 5, 1998

Arab Expulsion Ended by Cartoonist

By Dafna Linzer

Jerusalem (AP)- Syndicated cartoonist Ranan Lurie, a (reserve) major in the Israeli army during the 1967 Mideast War, said Friday that he persuaded then- Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to stop generals from expelling thousands of West Bank Palestinians to Jordan.

Historians lent credence to his claims and said that while there was no government expulsion policy, several commanders tried to force Palestinians out during the chaos of the six-day war.

Lurie, who served as a field commander, refused to carry out orders by superiors to load Arab families onto buses and send them across the Jordan River. Instead, he appealed to Eshkol, a friend.

“I told Eshkol, ‘We are doing something very bad here and it will affect our children and grandchildren. You can’t uproot people who have lived here for 2,000 years and dump them,’” Lurie said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press from his Manhattan home.

Meir Pa’il, an Israeli military historian and former lawmaker, said Lurie’s story is consistent with events known to have taken place elsewhere in the West Bank. “It wasn’t government policy to expel anyone but there were generals who wanted it done,” he said.

Lurie said Eshkol blamed his defense minister, Gen. Moshe Dayan, for the expulsions, and that the prime minister later thanked Lurie for raising the issue with him.

Pa’il, the historian, said Palestinians were being rounded up in the city of Qalqilya and deported. But on the fourth day of fighting, Pa’il said, an order came in to halt deportations and allow those forced out to return.

“I don’t know why,” he said.

(This abbreviated AP news wire followed a cover story and exposé in "HA'ARETZ" magazine of June 5, 1998, by Gideon Levy. Its title: "Major Lurie Refused To Obey an Order.")

A short time prior to the folding of “LIFE" magazine, Lurie was invited to Washington at the initiative of the State Department, to meet with Secretary of State William Rogers. He told him point-blank that "he had a most important message to pass to Prime Minister Golda Meir, and that he had a problem with Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Abba Eban, since he felt they were in a conflict. Would he be willing to deliver his personal words—above their heads—to the Prime Minister?”

Lurie flew the next day to Jerusalem for a meeting with Golda Meir. She and two of her assistants were present in the Prime Minister's chambers. Lurie spread before her in forty-five minutes the worries of the American Secretary of State: The information that William Rogers gave him had concluded with his personal recommendation to accept President Sadat's request, of allowing the three hundred Egyptian policemen already permitted to cross to the eastern bank of the Suez Canal, to carry, in addition to their pistols, also sub machines and machineguns. “Otherwise,“ warned Rogers , “the Egyptians are liable to start a total war—in order to conquer the entire East Bank—and I don't think that they will stop there!", concluded William Rogers with sincere concern.

The Prime Minister listened to him intently, then informed Lurie that she was skeptical of the Egyptians and Rogers, and thus her answer is “No". A few months later the October war exploded with a massive Egyptian-Syrian surprise attack.

 

Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld looks at a cartoon that Lurie made of him, and printed in his then new book “PARDON ME MR. PRESIDENT”. It was he who suggested to Lurie to interview General Brown, probably thinking that such an interview in NEWSWEEK may help the chairman in a re-nomination for another term.

In April 1976, at the Pentagon, Lurie interviewed Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, General George Brown for NEWSWEEK and his syndicate, KING FEATURES. It was a significant interview that made the General – a KKK candidate to the presidency - blow his top off. He managed to insult almost every U.S. ally in the world, and have him show his true ugly colors. Lurie's interview rocked America, and many said that it had influenced the election results which brought Jimmy Carter to The White House.

The General's people tried to black mail Lurie in an effort to have him bury his interview, but he fought back, with the help of the nation's biggest newspapers, from THE NEW YORK TIMES to TIME magazine, from the CHICAGO SUN TIMES to the BOSTON GLOBE, as well as THE SUNDAY LONDON TIMES to LE FIGARO.

Lurie helped bring the matter to Congress. The Pentagon had no choice but to confirm that it circulated to the media doctored transcripts of Lurie's interview, in an effort to salvage the General's fading image. The pentagon's written admission was recorded in the Congressional Record No. 136, of August 18 1977.

The verbal confrontation handled by Lurie flashed out some harsh comments by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff against the Shah of Iran (“The bottom line is that he, the Shah, has visions of a Persian Empire”) and insinuated that he wants to take over Saudi Arabia . Other quotes by the general turned the British armed forces into a farce: “With the exception of admirals, generals and military bands, the Brits have nothing… they are pathetic!”. In that same interview the author asked the four-star general , “Is Israel an asset or a burden to the United States ?” and the general answered pointblank : “A burden!” The top American soldier, the leader of all its forces, even accused the United States itself of “not having the stomach to face the Soviets.”

The interview, published worldwide on the 18 th , 19 th & 20 th of October 1976, two weeks before the presidential elections in November, triggered stormy reactions. THE NEW YORK TIMES alone published two editorials attacking the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff and one could hardly find a paper devoid of the General's quotes in its headline, or a television station without the story's appearance at the top of the news. Barbara Walters and Harry Reasoner sent a helicopter to the author's home in Greenwich to bring him to their nightly interview on ABC . They asked Lurie on a live coast-to-coast broadcast: “ If you were the President of the United States , would you fire General Brown because of his anti-Semitism?”

“No, not because of anti-Semitism,” answered the author courteously, “because of his stupidity.”

The Democratic vice presidential candidate, Walter Mondale, declared on network television that “General Brown is not fit to be a sewage commissioner” . NEWSDAY , in a headline banner: “Brown Speaks, Washington Flinches. “ (Oct. 18, 1976). THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES , on its front page headline: “General Brown: U.S. hasn't stomach to face soviets. JCS head calls British ‘pathetic', Israel ‘burden'.” The article follows: “In an April interview with Ranan Lurie Brown expressed opinions that could be fatal for President Ford in the election campaign. The White House and the Pentagon held meetings at the highest level last Sunday to decide whether to fire Gen. George S. Brown. ” Writes THE NEW YORK TIMES in its editorial: “What emerges from his statements is a disenchantment with the ways of a democratic society. This is a dangerous frame of mind for an officer in so exalted a position.” Adds the BOSTON GLOBE in its editorial: “With all the tact of a Howitzer, Brown coated his commander-in-chief with fresh embarrassment at home just two weeks before the presidential election, and added to the burden of our diplomacy in the Middle East ”. ( October 19, 1976 ). On the same day, in a giant front-page headline, declares the New York DAILY NEWS: “GEN. BROWN IN ISRAEL FLAP”.

On the same day, the NEW YORK POST prints on its front page a dramatic headline : “Carter Raps Ford Over Gen. Brown. Calls the general's remarks ‘a great disservice to our country and to the world.” THE NEW YORK TIMES appears with its lead editorial on the 22 of October 1976, headed by a stunning declaration: “It is deplorable that the personal services of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld were required to police a news conference at which Gen. George S. Brown ‘clarified' the ill-considered swings he had taken at a number of this country's allies and the wisdom of American military policies… In the end, this is a far more serious matter than the nuisance of a general who talks too much.”

President Gerald Ford, on the other hand, showed hesitation regarding firing him. While reprimanding his top general; he also said he saw the episode “as closed.”

Not so the voters.

A survey conducted by New York 's Channel 5 found that the “Big Mouth Affair”, and President Ford's miscalculation concerning firing the Chief-of-Staff caused, at least in the elections in New York , the collapse of the Republican Party. New York closes its polls among the first in the country due to time differentials between east and west coasts and the Republican defeat in New York received instant publicity, once the first votes were counted.

***

A most respected colleague, Herblock, lends support to Lurie in confronting General Brown

Lurie decides to go after him. And indeed, he discovers that not only during the April 1976 interview with him did the General run amok, but that on the 21 st of May 1976, during a closed and confidential lecture (everyone there was sworn to secrecy) that he gave to a group of about three hundred Generals, Admirals, top intelligence operators and senior State Department officials, at Fort McNair, at the National War College. After piecing together accounts from some of those present, Lurie obtained confirmation of Brown's most explosive remarks from the Defense Department transcript of the event.

He opened his lecture by recommending that new limits be placed on certain civil liberties. He demanded: " If any citizen of this country is so concerned about his mail being read or is concerned about his presence in a meeting being noted, I'd say we ought to read his mail and we ought to know what the hell he has done. " Then Brown blasted U.S. Congress: " It (the Congress) is obstructionist and irresponsible in the areas of defense and foreign policy like the man who is kibitzing a chess game and occasionally reaches in and moves a piece and thereby screws it all up."

 Lurie then decides to bring the matter to his friends in the United States Congress and Senate. He helps organize a respectable group of eighteen members of the House, led by Congressman Ed Koch, who brought up the whole matter in the house on August 18 1977 . Lurie's behavior is commended in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD , Vol. 123, No. 136.

Following Lurie's new revelations, America's leading newspapers again publish major editorials attacking General Brown directly and Presidents Ford and Carter indirectly. All the media, almost without exception, was wondering why United States' top military man was not fired as yet. The CHICAGO SUN TIMES of March 27, 1977 , quotes Lurie in its front-page headline : “Gen. Brown calls Congress irresponsible… Gen. Brown is quoted as telling an audience of military officers that Congress ‘seems very much to me like the man who is kibitzing a chess game and occasionally reaches in and moves a piece and thereby screws it all up.' Meanwhile, former President Ford said Saturday that ‘inflexibility' in the Defense Department helped stall progress in strategic arms limitations negotiations during his last year in the Presidency.” Two days later, on March 29 1977, the distinguished newspaper already attacks President Carter aggressively for not firing General Brown and belittles, in its editorial, the new President for his impotence.

THE NEW YORK TIMES blasts the general again in another of its main editorials on March 29, 1977 , under the heading of "Quotations From General Brown, Again, " brings the general lurid history into despicable focus.

THE WASHINGTON POST prints on March 29, 1977, a nasty but brilliant Herblock cartoon, showing the General's headless body, where a small balloon sticks out from his collar, replacing the missing head… the DETROIT FREE PRESS writes in its lead editorial of April 18, 1977: "And somehow we figure that thus isn't the end; that somewhere, perhaps at this very moment, Gen. Brown is making some other stupid remark in front of Mr. Lurie…"

THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS asks on April 19, 1977 , in a headline, one simple question : "Should General Brown Be Court-Martialed?"

Jack Anderson's Syndicated Column warns its readers on the 7 th of May 1977, in the heading of the column describing how Lurie proved that the Pentagon doctored its own tapes and changed the meaning of the General's words upside down: "The General Came to Congress To Bury It, Not to Praise It."

Lurie was nominated for the "Pulitzer", and the number of his newspaper clients zooms up.

The only important news publication in the world that did not publish the Interview was NEWSWEEK , the magazine that originally commissioned Lurie to interview the General. There was a most disturbing and a stunning reason behind the magazine's decision, and then Congressman Ed Koch – to his credit - didn't hesitate to bring it to the House.

The press starts to investigate NEWSWEEK's puzzling cover-up of the General Brown affair.

 

 

At the end of October 1980, Ranan flew to Jerusalem to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Begin, and interview him for the front page of "DIE WELT" just days away from the U.S. presidential elections.

When he arrived in Jerusalem , Mr. Aryeh Na'or, Secretary General of the Israeli government and a Begin protégé, greeted him.

The convicted Secretary General of the Government of Israel, Mr. Aryeh Na'or, in his efforts to “bribe” Lurie with top secret information, also informed him that “Prime Minister Begin is using drugs, and don’t be surprised if he will fall asleep during his interview with you.” In the picture: Prime Minister Begin sleeping during his interview with Mr. Lurie.

Na'or presented himself "As a person who has access to all of Israel's secret information, and that he would be able to grant the distinguished German newspaper an unparalleled scoop: A transcript of a transatlantic personal call made between President Jimmy Carter and German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, in which the American President complained bitterly, in a nasty fashion, about America's Jews…The transcript of the conversation was obtained, of course, by 'us'," smiled Na'or as he winked at the author, who knew that this important official was hinting that the "Mossad" had taken over the Bonn-Washington transatlantic line. Ranan knew that Na'or, in his capacity as Secretary General, indeed had access to the most intimate information of each tentacle of the country's espionage apparatus. The author asked Na'or, during a breakfast meeting, to jot down the details of the conversation between Carter and Schmidt in his own handwriting, on his napkin of the Hilton Hotel. Na'or acquiesced.

Back in Bonn, to his editors' chagrin, the author refused to release the explosive material to "DIE WELT" until Mr. Na'or let him actually listen to the transatlantic tape. After several conversations between Bonn and Jerusalem , the government's Secretary General admitted that he "couldn't borrow the incriminating tape." The author naturally inferred that such a tape had never existed. Horrified by the dimension that the disaster would cause to The American President if it would be published days before the elections, and as result to Israel's relations with the United States and Germany , the author returned to Jerusalem and presented the case toIsrael's attorney-general. The state immediately prosecuted the Secretary General and brought him to trial before three judges. He lost his position and titles immediately, and was found guilty on most counts. The judges emphasize that he would have caused very serious damage to President Carter and, as a result, to Israeli-American relations.

During his meeting with President Marcos, Lurie suggests to the internationally-accused president to take a lie detector test, to prove his "innocence". Marcos supposedly agreed, but his top aids threatend Lurie to harm his family if he pursues his "degrading"idea

The truth is that the meeting with Marcos in Manila was quite melodramatic: Marcos, who was internationally accused of plotting the murder of Aquino (his political rival), agreed to Lurie's offer of taking him to a lie detector test, to prove his innocence. Lurie was at the point of trying to find a polygraph institution in the capital., when the information minister called Lurie's hotel and announced he was coming to see him "for a drink". Lurie waited for him as planned near the bar, from whence he saw four big black limousines approach the hotel entrance, and bodyguards assuming positions in several locations. The information minister, followed by two husky men, entered the hotel, and sat down next to him. "You're not going to 'polygraph' our president," warned the information minister.

"But, when it comes out well," said Lurie, "your president will be vindicated as, for instance, in the case of William Casey, head of the CIA who did exactly the same thing not to long ago."

"And, what would happen if the polygraph doesn't come out so well?" asked the information man in a pessimistic tone.

"Then it will be T.S.," answered the artist.

The information minister cringed and said quietly, "There's a plane leaving for Tokyo at 8:00 in the morning and we have made reservations for you on it."

"But President Marcos was pleased for the opportunity and approved it. I'm supposed to see him at 10:00 tomorrow morning."

"You have two daughters in Tokyo, Mr. Lurie. You want to see them well and happy. You are taking off at 8:00 AM! "

In 1990, Ranan Lurie was invited to become an Adjunct Fellow at the CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS), the Washington, D.C.-based leading think tank. In 1997 he became a Senior Adjunct Fellow, and in 2002 he was appointed a Senior Associate at the CSIS.

He's a member of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS, the UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION, the FRIARS CLUB, the 101st Airborne Division Association, and the MENSA Society.

In the early '90s Mikhail Gorbachev and Ranan Lurie decided to start a mutual column (Gorbachev wrote, and Lurie drew an opposing view), and the monthly column was distributed worldwide by the the New York Times Syndicate for several years.

 

Interviewing President George Bush

The NEW YORK TIMES publishing house wrote that "(his book) is perhaps the best selling political cartoon book ever published in this country."

 

Interviewing President Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.

As a result, Gorbachev and Lurie decide to start a mutual column (Gorby writes, Lurie draws the opposite "in principle") and the NEW YORK TIMES distributes the column all over the world for several years

With his sons Barak and Rod, Tel-Aviv, 1966

Bermuda, 2004: (From left to right) Danielle, Daphne, Tamar, Ranan, Barak and Rod

On Feb. 19, 1995, the UNITED NATIONS Society of Artists and Writers announced its plans for creating "The International Award for Political Cartooning", named after Ranan R. Lurie, to be presented annually to the best international political cartoons.  Later the UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION, together with the moral support of the United Nations secretary general's offices, brought said idea to fruition for the purpose of encouraging political cartoonists worldwide to project the spirit of the United Nations ideals. Hence, the creation of   

"THE UNITED NATIONS
CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION
RANAN LURIE POLITICAL CARTOON AWARD"

as officially announced on August 1999, at a special press conference at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, by the United Nations spokesman.

At the U.N. gala: the political cartoonist of Britain's "INDEPENDENT", wins the first
United Nations political cartoon grand prize named after Lurie

From left to right: United Nations Secretary-General, the Honorable Kofi Annan,
political cartoonist Ranan Lurie, after whom this major award is named, and
Mr. Peter Schrank, holding the award and speaking at the U.N. to a group of 300
ambassadors, movie stars and U.N. correspondents.

 

 

 

In mid 2004, he published The Cartoonist's Mask, a novel, written in his native language, Hebrew. It was published by Israel's leading publishing house, Yedioth Aharonot. The spy plot involves a 16 year old who shows some political cartoon talent, and the Mossad intends to invest in the youngster everything it has, so that eventually he will be planted in the leading publications abroad. From his important professional bases he gains access to any world leader the spy agency wishes him to get in touch with... The CIA learns about the project, and joins forces with the Mossad... The novel succeeded so well that at times Lurie was suspected of playing the role of a real super spy. The director general of the publishing house in the US/Canada praised the success of the novel, describing it as a best seller superceding The Da Vinci Code, Hillary Clinton's book, and all other books in the publishing company's arsenal except for Harry Potter...

"Among the Suns" is the first of his 10 cartoon albums published when he was 20 (1952). Efraim Kishon wrote the foreword.

Published by the New York Times, (1973)

Published by the New York Times, (1975)

Published by the University Press of Hawaii, foreword by the Honorable Clare Boothe Luce(1980)

Published by Secker & Warburg, London, (1982)

Published by Andrews and McMeel, (1983)

Published by the Shinchosha publishing house, Tokyo, (1984)

 

A war artist. Fallujah, Iraq, December 2004.

The Los Angeles Times page that resulted from his embedded time with the Marines in Fallujah

 

With the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq: Charlie Company, 1/3 USMC

At the end of December 2004, at the age of 72, he embeds himself with a first line marine company in Fallujah, Iraq. He goes with the marines on patrols, moves with them in combat, shares with them their dilapidated quarters, food, and lack of sleep. In 11 days he loses 10 pounds. His combat drawings appear on full pages in some of the countries major publications.


Sources and more biographical data: MacNeill/Lehrer News Hour, The International Who's Who, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Newsweek Magazine.

 

 
World Leaders
being interviewed by Ranan Lurie
 

(click on photographs for enlargements)

 

 

 


Some of Ranan Lurie's early works
 

His covers for LIFE (left) and his regular weekly editorial cartoons (right) in the world's most important magazine, appeared regularly from 1967 to 1973. He was LIFE's first and only political cartoonist.

(His regular weekly full page in NEWSWEEK International,  where he served  as contributing editor & political cartoonist from 1973 to 1977)

(His regular weekly cartoon in U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, where he served as senior analyst, interviewer, and the magazine's political cartoonist from 1984 to 1985)

(His regular weekly full page in TIME International, where he served as the magazine's political cartoonist for their 11 international editions from 1994 to 1997)

 
DIE WELT, Germany THE LONDON TIMES

(His regular daily cartoon in DIE WELT, one of Germany's leading publications, where he served as the paper's political cartoonist and interviewer from 1979 to 1980) (His regular daily cartoon in THE LONDON TIMES, where he served as the paper's first political cartoonist, from 1981 to 1983)
 

ASAHI SHIMBUN, Japan

 

NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG, Switzerland


(His regular daily cartoon in the ASAHI SHIMBUN, where he served as the paper's political cartoonist and senior political analyst from 1983 to 1984. He was then appointed "Honorable Member of The Board of ASAHI SHIMBUN for Life".) (His regular cartoon in the NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG of Switzerland, the oldest paper in Europe. Lurie was their first political cartoonist. He served there from 1997 to 2000)

*
(Throughout 1986 -1994, Lurie served as the News Cartoonist for The MacNEIL/LEHRER NEWSHOUR, ABC's NIGHTLINE, Germany's  Z.D.F. national television, and later at ABC's early morning television News Hour).
*
From 2000 to 2004 he served as the political cartoonist for FOREIGN AFFAIRS magazine, where his full-page cartoon appeared regularly.
 
 

 

Key for Lurie’s Personalities

1. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command 2. U.S. President George W. Bush 3. Prime Minister of Britain , Tony Blair 4. Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan 5. FBI Director Robert Mueller 6. U.S. National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice 7. U.S. Senator John McCain 8. Vice President of China , Hu Jintao 9. President of Afghanistan , Hamid Karzai 10. Alan Greenspan, Chairman , U.S. Federal Reserve Board 11. U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney 12. President of France . Jacques Chirac 13. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell 14. Mayor of New York City , Michael Bloomberg 15. Lady Liberty 16. Libya's strong man, Muammar Gaddafi 17. U.S. Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge 18. Sheikh Ohmar Abdel Rahman, convicted terrorist 19. President of Syria , Bashar al-Assad 20. President of Russia , Vladimir V. Putin 21. King Abdullah of Jordan 22. Former U.S. President, Bill J. Clinton 23. CIA Director, George J. Tenet 24. Prime Minister of Japan , Junichiro Kaizumi 25. Iran's strong man, Ayatollah Ali Khameni 26. Former Afghan King, Mohammed Zahir Shah 27. China's Premier, Zhu Rongji 28. King Mohammed the 6 th of Morocco 29. Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia 30. Hezballah leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah 31. Osama bin Laden, world's arch-terrorist 32. Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres 33. “American Taliban,” John Walker 34. Germany's Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer 35. Prime Minister of Spain , Jose Maria Aznar 36. President of China , Jiang Zemin 37. Former Mayor of New York City , Rudolph Giuliani 38. President of Cyprus , Glafcos Clerides 39. Pope John Paul II 40. President of Venezuela , Hugo Chavez 41. Chancelor of Germany , Gerhard Schroder 42. President of Colombia , Alvaro Uribe 43. NATO's Secretary General, Lord Robertson 44. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak 45. Prime Minister of Israel , Ariel Sharon 46. Gen. Anthony Zinni, U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East 47. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld 48. Strong man of Iraq , Saddam Hussein 49. Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat 50. Prime Minister of Malaysia , Mahathir Mohamad 51. Prime Minister of Australia , John Howard 52. President of Pakistan , Perves Musharraf 53. President of the Philippines , Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 54. King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia 55. Prime Minister of India , Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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