Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Palmach, Parabellum, and pacem

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For ABC Wednesday, P is for Palmach, Parabellum, and peace.
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The Palmach Cave is a heritage site (and active tourist site) in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek in the Jezreel Valley.

This cave became the training place for the Palmach's special units, for example, the German Unit.

Established in 1941, the Palmach was the elite fighting force of the Haganah, the underground army of the Yishuv (Jewish community) during the period of the British Mandate of Palestine.
By the outbreak of the War for Independence in 1948 it consisted of over 2,000 men and women in three fighting brigades and auxiliary aerial, naval and intelligence units.

The display shows some of their various weapons.
Unfortunately there were not enough, and not every Palmachnik went into battle with a gun.

An old Pistol Parabellum is on the wall.

The pistol's name comes from the old Latin adage Si vis pacem, para bellum , meaning "If you wish for peace, be always ready for war."

As Wikipedia says, "this is usually interpreted as meaning peace through strength—a strong society being less likely to be attacked by enemies."
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11 comments:

NixBlog said...

Interesting post, Dina.

Patsy said...

Good to remember that peace and strength are words to live by.

Roger Owen Green said...

let ther be PEACE on earth
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

cloudia charters said...

And there it is.



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mirae said...

beautiful Dina, I love the design of the door and here I am once more thinking about our Sunday booklet that reaches out across the seas to Jerusalem -yes the design looks quite a bit like the design for the holy friday image in our book.....

Mar said...

Very interesting and great picture!
Peace
P is for...

Reader Wil said...

For me it was very interesting too. The way these soldiers were trained. They had to act like real Nazis in order to infiltrate in the German army in the beginning of WWII. It was very clever of the Israeli.Thanks Dina!

VP said...

They told me a while ago that one of the most contentious things you can ask to an Israeli (of a certain age) is: 'Why the Palmach was disbanded?'
Is or was it true? It was actually merged in the IDF after the Altalena, if I remember well...

Theanne said...

a very wise saying for human beings! interesting post!

ChrisJ said...

As much as I don't like the sentiments of the Latin phrase, sadly, I think it is true in this world as we know it today.

Kay said...

I'm wishing you peace.