IDF Soldiers Liberate the Old City of Jerusalem

Today, Jerusalem Day, marks the 48th Anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem from the Jordanians.

A relative pointed out to me on Shabbat that, in some ways, this is a more joyous celebration than Independence Day; when Ben Gurion declared independence, in 1948, the future looked grim for the fledgling State of Israel, with enemy troops gathered to destroy it and slaughter the inhabitants.

However, the Six Day War was a magnificent military victory, akin to the Hasmoneans defeating the Greeks, celebrated on Hanukka.


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