Arutz Sheva: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon spoke to the Knesset about Jerusalem Day.
“We will not go back to a situation in which we can look at the Western Wall, but cannot approach it,” Netanyahu said. “The desire to pound Israel is not something which is based on facts.”
“Again and again, they try to erase our roots, to deny our historical connection to Jerusalem, and to destroy our sovereignty over it.” more …
Opinion: On the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem, the headline could read: “The Six Day War: Salvation, Miracle and Tragedy”
Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 war can be attributed to biblical history. The book of Esther records that in 520 BC the Jewish army preempted the attack of the Persian army against overwhelming odds and defeated them.
Learning from history, in 1967 the Israeli army preempted a war with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Israel took back the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula in an incredible victory that stunned the world.
The leader of the Israeli forces was General Moshe Dayan. Like most Israeli generals, Dayan was a secular Jew.
Arab leaders at that time were sure that Dayan would order the al-Aqsa Mosque to be destroyed and a Jewish Temple to be built. They, and the rest of the world, never expected what would happen next. Dayan, fearing that the fighting would never stop, decided to relinquish ownership of the Temple Mount to the Arab Waqf (religious authority) as a sign of peace and good will.
Dayan ordered the Israeli flag removed from the top of the Dome of the Rock, and ordered Israeli troops to bring fleeing Arabs that were on their way to Jordan back to Judea. Inexplicably, Dayan gave them the cities of Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah and Jenin.
Since the June 10, 1967 victory of the Six Day War, Israel has given back the Gaza strip, Sinai, and parts of the West Bank in exchange for peace that has never come.
Peace with Edom is not possible until Jesus Christ makes it so (Isa. 63:1-3; Rev. 19:13-15).
(excerpts from our post December 13, 2013)