Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) in the Jewish month of Iyar, which in 1967 corresponded to the 6th of June – a very special day for the Jewish people!
On June 5, 1967 the Jewish neighborhoods of western Jerusalem were attacked. The bombardment destroyed residential buildings, commercial and religious centers, schools and hospitals. Then came Operation Focus – the surprise Israeli preemptive air strike, which launched the Six Day War.
Contrary to popular misconception, it was not only Egypt, Syria and Jordan that attacked the nine-mile wide Jewish state; forces from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Tunisia and Sudan participated as well. This was not David against Goliath – it was David against 12 Goliaths!
After two days of brave and historic battles, the Jewish people were once again reunited with the Old City of Jerusalem. Hebron and all the cities of the Bible followed soon after.
Once Jerusalem was unified, all of eastern Jerusalem’s Arab residents were offered full Israeli citizenship, but they chose to decline. Still, eastern Jerusalem Arab residents who are not citizens of the State of Israel enjoy full municipal privileges and social benefits. They can even vote! That’s right folks – Israel is the only place on the planet where Arabs enjoy democracy and the secret ballot, even if they are not citizens.
Jerusalem will never again be divided. There is no “West” Jerusalem or “East” Jerusalem. There is ONE Jerusalem – with religious access and freedom for all!
Consult your Bible: II Samuel chapters 6 and 7 which describe the joyous celebration of King David bringing the holy ark to Jerusalem. “King David and the entire Jewish people joyously raised the holy ark as they ascended to Jerusalem, accompanied with the sounds of shofar blasts. And the holy ark was placed in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), also known as the City of David. His son king Solomon built the first holy temple in Jerusalem, the holy city of the entire Jewish people.
Trump’s visit to Israel will reportedly take place May 22, ahead of celebrations marking 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem.
A US delegation of about two dozen officials have landed in Israel to plan a visit by President Donald Trump to Israel on May 22.
The date of the visit, which has not been confirmed, is significant, as festivities in honor of Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, begin the following evening, May 23.
The celebration of Yom Yerushalayim will be especially exciting this year, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the Israeli capital, during the 1967 Six Day War.
“There’s a feeling that we have a real friend in the White House,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Army Radio on Wednesday.
Trump’s visit will be a stopover en route to the May 25 NATO summit in Belgium and a May 26-27 G7 summit in Italy.