Inspired by the Six Day War and Ariel's experience in the Battle of Jerusalem, these are alternative lyrics to the tune of Naomi Shemer's "Jerusalem of Gold."
Jerusalem of Iron By Meir Ariel Translated by A.Z. Foreman Jerusalem there in your darkness We found a loving heart, When we invaded your invaders To make your borders ours. We'd had enough of blasted mortars, When suddenly dawn bled. The sun came up, no time to whiten. It was already red. O my Jerusalem of iron Of dark and lead, can you not see? No wailing at your wall now! We set you free! Our shelled battalion charged on forward All blood and smoke and guns As mothers ran out grieving, leaving The corpses of their sons.
Lips bitten bloody, our battalion
Kept fighting, pushing through,
Till proud above that holy graveyard
The flag of David flew.
O my Jerusalem of iron Of dark and lead, can you not see? No wailing at your wall now! We set you free!