'The USSR Is Our Second Homeland,' Said One Kibbutznik When Stalin Died

Incredible as it may seem, Stalin's Soviet Union was once at the center of Israeli identity.

The death notice published in the daily Al Hamishmar on May 6, 1953, quickly became one of the most cited documents in the history of Israeli politics. "The United Workers Party," it said, "was shocked upon hearing of the great disaster that befell the peoples of the Soviet Union, the world proletariat and all of progressive humanity, with the loss of the great leader and illustrious military...