Funeral arrangements are pending for singer Yaffa Yarkoni, who passed away, Sunday at the age of 86. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease in recent years.Among other titles pinned on her was "The War Singer" for her many performances before Israeli soldiers in time of Israel's wars. Among the songs she was famous for singing was "Hafinjan".
In 1998, Yarkoni was awarded the Israel Prize for Hebrew Song, the state's jubileee coinciding with a personal jubilee and five-disk compilation. Four years later, a salute to her was cancelled after she spoke out against the Israeli Defense Forces, comparing their treatment of Arab youth to that received by the Jews under the Nazis.