Fifty years of reunited Jerusalem

Israel’s decisive victory in six days of June 1967

The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was a bitter setback for the neighboring Arab countries who wanted the entire region ruled by the Islamic faith. Having the Jewish nation in the Middle East was seen as Islam’s failure. For years before the 1967 Six-Day War, tension had been building up between Israel and the neighboring countries.

When in late May, Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli vessels, the stage was set for a serious conflict. Egypt─along with Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon─was preparing for a war with Israel to annihilate the Jews and their state with the overwhelming Arab power of men, tanks, aircrafts, and support from Russia and a number of other Arab countries. But God had a different plan. Egypt was caught by surprise and nearly its entire air force was destroyed by Israel on June 5.

Simultaneously, Israel launched a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip and Sinai. As a result of heavy fighting, Nasser ordered the evacuation of Sinai, and Israel conquered it.

Nasser, with his lies about Egypt winning the war, induced Syria and Jordan to begin attacks on Israel. Fighting back, the Israelis took East Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula and seized the Golan Heights. Israel’s landmass increased three-fold and for the first time since 1948, the Jewish people gained access to Judaism’s holy sites, such as the Western Wall. The ceasefire was signed on June 11, only six days after the war had begun. Israel had won a decisive victory.

“Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries” (Psalm 108:13).

 

The 2017 logo of the 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem’s liberation.

Jerusalem Day Parade, May 24: CFI staff members celebrating with international visitors and Jerusalemites on King George St