50 Years of a United Jerusalem - Today is the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem by the IDF

Simon Wiesenthal Center
Today is the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem by the IDF, marking five decades that the faithful of all religions can pray in peace at their respective holy sites.
 June 6, 2017

Today is the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem by the IDF, marking five decades that the faithful of all religions can pray in peace at their respective holy sites.


Such wasn’t the case when Israel was born in 1948; when Arab forces, inflamed by the genocidal hate of the Grand Mufti of Palestine, sought to destroy the Jewish people. The same Mufti who was at Hitler’s side and broadcast from Germany in the middle of World War II: “Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion.”

It is that same fanaticism that we witnessed the last few weeks on the streets of Manchester and London. That same fanaticism is evident in a poll released last week in Germany that found that over 50 percent of Muslims that came to the country hate Jews. It also drives the godfathers of terrorism in Tehran, who fund Hezbollah and Hamas, who have one goal in mind: The destruction of Israel.


50 years ago, on June 4, 1967, Israel and the Jewish people were alone. No one stood up for her defense — not the United States, not Great Britain, not France — and against all odds, recaptured the heart and soul of the Jewish people.

Today, 50 years later, Israel is the most powerful nation in the Middle East, and many of her former enemies and neighbors are beginning to look at her as a potential partner and not a sworn enemy. Just days ago, four Arab nations — Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain — severed all diplomatic relations with Iran’s lone ally in the gulf, Qatar, home to the headquarters of Hamas’ leadership.

On June 6, 1967, Moshe Dayan, defense minister, spoke these words at the Western Wall: “We have returned to all that is holy in our land. We have returned never to be parted from it again.”

 

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