He emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1921, where he became one of the original 16,000 freedom fighters in 1948. He published the State"s first independent newspaper and helped to organize the worker"s bank. His book, Hannah Senesh is an obligatory reading for all Israeli school children.
Hameiri was the first poet to whom the title Israel"s Poet Laureate was awarded.
Hameiri fought in World War I in the Austro-Hungarian army and recorded the events in his memoirs, The Great Madness (1929) and Hell on Earth (1932). The latter recounts his experiences as a Prisoner Of War of the Russians.
Hameiri marched through Buczacz while fighting, and asked a civilian where the house of the famous Hebrew writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon was located. His books have been published in 12 languages.
Alon Rachamimov writes that Hameiri"s war stories "reveal the degree to which Jewish identification processes could be contextual, angst-ridden, and laden with contradictory tendencies.
He died in Israel on April 3, 1970.