Old soldiers, new wars

A dispute over the naming of a 1948 memorial site after Rehavam Ze'evi mixes nostalgia, scandal and bad blood.

November 20, 2016 15:51
Rehavam ‘Gandhi‘ Ze’evi

Rehavam ‘Gandhi‘ Ze’evi frequently entertained dignitaries and celebrities at the IDF’s headquarters in Jerusalem, where he kept a pet lioness. (photo credit: JERUSALEM POST ARCHIVE)


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“OLD SOLDIERS never die,” goes the adage, “they just fade away.” But Rehavam Ze’evi – the controversial general-turned-politician assassinated in Jerusalem 15 years ago – won’t even fade away.

Having decided to name after the slain minister a memorial site at one of the IDF’s most revered battlegrounds, the government has been ambushed by nonagenarian war veterans waging the last battle of Israel’s first war, to the sound of a fading elite’s last hurrah.


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