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August 14, 2006


Laila: What Bendib cannot have known is that one of Israel's formative nationalist poets, Natan Alterman, wrote one of his most memorable poems, 'B'Magash Ha-kesef' ('On a Silver Platter') about the ultimate sacrifice offered by Israel's pioneer Palmach fighters during the '48 War.

His was a romantic-heroic view of such sacrifice. Bendib's cartoon is a perfect sendup of that attitude & how it has been corrupted by Israel's military adventurism.

By the way, I never especially liked Alterman's politics or worldview, but he was THE Israeli poet of the post-48 period.

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