It is now one week since one of Israel's great leaders, a pillar of the Labor Party, former head of the Histadrut, Yitzhak Ben-Aharon, was taken from us at the age of 100. It is most appropriate that we honor his memory with the words he wrote upon the death of one of his heroes:
[We] were shocked to hear of the terrible tragedy that has befallen the nations of the Soviet Union, the world proletariat and all of progressive mankind, upon the death of the great leader and extolled commander, Josef Vissarionovich Stalin. We lower our flag in grief in memory of the great revolutionary fighter, architect of socialist construction, and leader of the world's peace movement. His huge historical achievements will guide generations in their march towards the reign of socialism and communism the world over.
Yeah, verily, Ben-Aharon, deserves no less a lament. Indeed, as the press universally declared this week, he was the "last of the giants". (Hat tip: Amnon Lord)