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  2/10/2013, Shevat 30, 5773

Yesh Atid MK Proposes Arab-Friendly National Anthem

Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon caused controversy Sunday with a suggestion that Israel solve the problem of Arab MKs’ disinclination to hear the national anthem by changing the anthem. “I was very sorry to hear that the Arab Members of Knesset left before ‘Hatikva’ was sung,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“Does someone know of a way to alter the words so that they will include all citizens of Israel?” she asked. The anthem’s current words speak of the “Jewish spirit” and the historic Jewish longing to return to the land of Israel.