For ABC Wednesday, P is for Palmach, Parabellum, and peace.
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."