A now-forgotten media debate that took place over 30 years ago is still relevant today. A group of highly decorated generals, retired career military, argued authoritatively that the settlements were of no value from a security and defense standpoint. The next day, Devar, the daily mouthpiece of the Histadrut Labor Federation, published a response from Cpl. (res.) Naomi Sapir. Sapir, better known as Naomi Shemer, threw cold water on the generals’ opinion, as well as calm on the outraged settlers.

“Kibbutz Kinneret [Shemer’s birthplace] has no security value, only Zionist value,” the poet wrote.