The Story Behind the Most Influential Newspaper Column in Israel's History

An intimate conversation with the leaders of the Jewish militias on the night that the UN announced the partition of Palestine inspired Natan Alterman to write the quintessential poem of bereavement and resurrection.

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In the evening, after the end of the Sabbath, on November 29, 1947, two closely connected events occurred. The United Nations General Assembly adopted by a large majority the plan for partitioning Palestine,...