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by Dov Chaikin

Israel – A Biblical & Historical Survey, Part VII

THE LIBERATION OF JERUSALEM Defense Minister Moshe Dayan (center) and (to his right) Army Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin in the Old City during the Six Day War in 1967 Photo: Ilan Bruner, GPO

This is the seventh and final article in a series by Messianic teacher Dov Chaikin looking at the biblical and historical background of Israel, the people and the Land.


Israel’s total Jewish population in 1948—men, women and children—was barely over 600,000. Of this number, no more than about 30,000 had had any military training whatsoever: most in the British Army during World War II (wearing the ‘Palestine’ tag on their shoulders—which the few hundred Arab volunteers from Palestine refused to wear, declaring: ‘We are not Palestinians, we are Arabs!’), the rest in the various para-military underground units in Palestine. Yet this small number—ill-equipped, ill-armed—defeated four Arab armies (the British-trained-and-led Jordanian army proved too strong), as well as the bands of Arab irregulars. Could this have been done merely in their own strength?


Nineteen years later, in the course of the Six-Day War of June 1967, Israel regained much of the territory allotted it by divine promise. Aside...

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