Today is Jerusalem Day, the day Jerusalem was united, the day, Israel reached its sacred Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.
Since 1967 Israel marks this day after the Chief Rabbinate declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of "Next Year in Jerusalem".
Jerusalem was liberated in 1967 nineteen years after Jordanian Legionnaires routed valiant defending forces, destroyed Jewish landmarks and expelled Jewish residents of the Old City; IDF forces retook the eastern half of Israel’s capitol on June 7th, 1967, after fierce fighting.
This morning, the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem, the divided capital of Israel. We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again. To our Arab neighbors we extend, also at this hour—and with added emphasis at this hour—our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens, we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other people's holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity.
Jerusalem's is a city that shouts history - as you walk through the old city you can feel its history. It's a thriving city where the 3 religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam co-exist - but has it always been that way? Here is a brief history of the city:
Israel is strong and is still offering its hand in peace. Sadly, so far no one is offering their hand back.
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