British author Ian McEwan defended his decision to accept Israel's Jerusalem Prize. Writing in the the Guardian newspaper Wednesday, McEwan admitted his concerns "about Israel and the situation of the Palestinians, which is worse than ever." However, he maintained that he would go to Jerusalem to accept the prize, Israel's highest literary honor for foreign writers.
British author Ian McEwan was chosen to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize. The biennial prize, which will be awarded next month in a ceremony on the opening night of the Jerusalem Book Fair, is Israel's highest literary honor for foreign writers. The award is given to an author whose works best exemplify the "freedom of the individual in society."