The word Sabra in Israel has at least three meanings. It is the name of the cactus on the photos, a tank, and native born Israeli Jews. According to Wikipedia, we have that the word is derived from the Hebrew name for the prickly pear cactus, i.e. “tzabar”. The allusion to the native born Israelis is to a tenacious, thorny desert plant with a thick hide that conceals a sweet, softer interior, i.e., rough and masculine on the outside, but delicate and sensitive on the inside.

The first use of the word to describe native-born Israelis is claimed by the journalist Uri Kesari, who published an essay, “We Are the Leaves of the Sabra!”, in Doar HaYom on 18 April 1931.

Here I am filming close-up of the Sabra cactus in Negev (May 31, 2008).


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