Israel's 50th anniversary

Somber Portraits Of The 50th

04/23/1998 - 20:00
Associate Editor
We in the United States, who on a Fourth of July know how to get out the watermelon, fireworks and three-legged-race contests to celebrate even an odd-numbered national anniversary, are in a puzzlement as to why the soundtrack to Israel’s 50th anniversary seems to be coming from a somber old Leonard Cohen album, all alibis and ambiguity, rather than Sousa’s oom-pah.Editors of The New Yorker, New York and The New York Times seem to share the puzzlement.
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