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Study and Theory/
29th November

Natan Alterman

Telegraph to Gromyko

Seventh Column, written after Gromyko's first speech at the Assembly of Nations in favor of a Zionist solution, 1947

To Andrei Gromyko,
Lake Success, the United Nations


Thank you.

There are no words.

The Yishuv is still dazed.


The morning began with the daily news

Rendering us speechless,

frozen, confused.


You must understand the reason we doubt

news that falls like manna.

See, we’ve managed without.


We’re quite unaccustomed to this warm sensation.


exotic –

of real consolation.


Warmth and good tidings have come in our favor

like a drowning man
who’s been cast a life-saver. 
His struggle unfinished...
More battles in store ...
But still he shouts “Thanks”

To his savior on shore.

It is a good day… especially ifto this spectacle
We add Bevin's look at this moment
Who hears the fervor and the promise
Of a strange voice - and the voice
That ofGromyko Andrei

Some like to say the future’s still pending
But in front of our eyes:

the walls are expanding.
The air is filled with a tangible joy.

It’s quite like
the glee of a birthday boy!
And as for the lads...
from Hashomer Hatzair

They are strutting around like true chevaliers!

Gromyko Andrei,
Our spirits are high.

For consent and permission
today qualifies.

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