Natan Alterman, 1910-1970

A Warsaw native who moved to Tel Aviv as a teen, Alterman was a playwright, poet, journalist and translator who influenced Labor Zionism and socialist Jewish policies despite never holding political office. He opposed martial law for Israeli Arabs, but after the June 1967 war he helped found the Movement for Greater Israel, which advocated keeping and settling the newly captured territories.

Photo: Moshe Milner, Israeli Government Press Office