A Poetic Reflection on Israel’s Two Days of National Mourning

On the Israeli calendar, three days of national commemoration follow Passover in quick succession. Yom Hashoah falls on the 27th of Nissan, and Yom Hazikaron—the day of remembrance for Israeli soldiers—falls a week later on the 4th of Iyyar, followed by Independence on the next day. (In 2019 the dates correspond, respectively, to May 2, 8, and 9.) The Israeli poet Tzur Erlich describes this stretch of days in four compact rhymed verses, titled B’hefresh shel shavua (“A Week Apart”). Herewith, an English translation by Ehud Schwammenthal and Michael Doran; the Hebrew original is available at the link below.

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Israel’s Naval Shadow War with Iran Comes Out into the Open

April 9 2021

Wednesday night, Israeli planes struck a weapons depot outside Damascus, reportedly killing three pro-Iran fighters. While such attacks have become both routine and widely known, the IDF has also been fighting the Islamic Republic at sea, a fact only recently brought to public attention because of an explosion on an Iranian military vessel on Tuesday. Ron Ben Yishai explains:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Naval strategy, US-Israel relations