MembersDon’t Forget the Golan and ‘Yesha’

This year we joyously mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli rule.

By Ryan Jones |

But also liberated in 1967 were the Golan Heights and the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria, known colloquially by the acronym Yesha.


Jerusalem is Israel’s heart. That much is true. But regaining these other important areas was no less thrilling, no less a fulfillment of God’s promises. Israelis, as well as Jews and many Christians around the world, were full of awe over what had just happened.


Just consider this account from one of the Jewish warriors on the front-lines of the Six Day War, Ariel Sharon:


“Before I left [on a post-war diplomatic mission], I took a short trip with Lily [Sharon’s wife] and [Motta] Gur [commander of the IDF division that captured Jerusalem] to Old Jerusalem, then to Samaria and Judea. All the roads were choked with cars and people, and every place we stopped we were met by an outpouring of love and affection. I had never seen people in such...

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