No Hope Of Changing Our National Anthem Now

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  1. Until the anthem becomes Psalm 126, Hatikvah will do just fine. Keep in mind that it could have been some Socialist rubbish.
    In fact, it is better than Psalm 126, because it avoids arguments about using Gd’s name with an uncovered head. (There was a real issue about that maybe twenty years ago regarding Shlomo Artzi or Chana Yovel or one of those.)

  2. sheldan says:

    Whenever I read about a fear of non-Jews being offended by Hatikva, I say so what? This is no different from any other minority in a given country. The minority must be treated with respect, which means that their civil rights must be respected. However, that does not give the minority the right to change the character of the country.

    I think that Israel still fears what the world thinks. This is the Diaspora mentality that intimidated Jews when they lived in other places. But other countries unashamedly promote their own people above others, and this is no problem. It seems this is only a problem when Israel does it.

    Maybe it is also a consequence of being in a region dominated by Arabs. Yes, Arabs are a significant minority in Israel. But there are 22 Arab countries. If one wants to have their culture represented in their country, the Arabs can return to one of the 22 countries that are Arab in their character and live as an Arab in the majority. The purpose of Israel is to have a country where Jews have self-determination. The Declaration of Independence declared that minorities will be treated well, and I don’t think the Nationality Law will change that, despite the fear-mongering that is going on. There is no reason why Israel should change itself to satisfy the minorities who live there.

  3. Cathy says:

    The Arabs, so-called Palestinians, never miss an opportunity to criticize Israel. The honest ones who live in Israel will admit they are better off in Israel than in the 22 Arab nations. Do they really want to make a big deal out of the anthem, when they have good healthcare, freedom to vote and serve in the Knesset, jobs and education that they might not have in the 22 nations? No one is forcing them to stay in Israel, they are free to leave.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      The same way I left Canada to leave in a Jewish-majority country (the only Jewish-majority country).

  4. Funny you should mention the Battle Hymn of the Republic because the song that came to my mind when I saw your blog post was NOT our national anthem but rather the Battle Hymn. Did not know there was a brew ha ha in Israel about the Israeli national anthem. There is a brew ha ha here in America about our national anthem, but we’re not trying to change the words. Clearly it’s a different argument. Nevertheless, I’m sure this applies to all countries. When the words were penned and approved for a national anthem, in my humble opinion, they were written with the hope of reflecting the “eternal” heart and soul of that nation. So? Unless the heart and soul of that nation has changed to the point that the words no longer reflect the values and ideals and the hopes of the people, then … LEAVE IT ALONE!! There are some things you just shouldn’t mess with! Call me obtuse, obnoxious, obstinate … Call me whatever you like. Just don’t mess with national anthem! If you don’t want to sing it, then don’t sing it. But don’t mess with it!

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