In honor of Israel’s 64th birthday, I decided to create a new genre – musical stream of consciousness. As Hebrew University philosophy professor Meir Buzaglo recently noted, music is “the soul of the nation.” ...
.... back to the summer of 1970, in the midst of the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, the most popular song that year was Shir Lashalom (Song for Peace), lyrics by Ya’acov Rotblitt who lost a leg in 1967 during the Six Day War, and music by Ya’ir Rosenbloom (להקת הנחל – שיר לשלום – YouTube). The most powerful anti-war song ever written in Israel, it was sung by Lehakat Hanachal (singing troupe of the army’s Fighting Pioneering Youth unit associated with the kibbutz movement):
He whose candle has gone out/and has been buried in the dust/bitter tears won’t waken him/or bring him back again/ so sing a song of peace/don’t whisper a prayer/sing a song of peace/with a great loud shout!….
The song infuriated another former member of Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev. General Rahavam Ze’evi, nicknamed Ghandi because of his dark complexion and not because of his politics, was one of the Israelis who turned right after the Six Day