Progressives, rejecting the national
anthem of Israel with passion ‘ll
say Hativkah’s a song
that is hopelessly wrong,
being racist as well as irrational.
The lyrics by Naftali Imber
are denounced by its critics as imper-
ialistic, by them as embarrassed
as trees in the forest
when not good men who’re woodmen shout “Timber!”
Its tune hits the bull’s eye, however,
and was used in another endeavor
by a Czech, Bedrich Smetana,
the Moldau the retina
Bedrich smote in his hit on the river.
Yom Ha’atzmaut chai!