No other city in the world, representing the three monotheistic religions, is as controversial as biblical Jerusalem. No other city in history has made as many headlines. Jerusalem was promised to the Jewish people in the Bible, and this again became reality 49 years ago.
However, Israel had not planned to conquer the Old City and Temple Mount during the 1967 war. Israel and Jordan had a tacit understanding that the Hashemite Kingdom would not attack; but under pressure from Egypt and Syria, Jordan’s King Hussein decided to join forces with the Arab armies and strike from the east.
Jerusalem was liberated! And for the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jews were able to pray at the Western Wall, something that was banned under Jordanian rule (1948-1967). Since the historic return to Zion in 1967, Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum have vowed that Jerusalem will remain the undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people forever.
The Orthodox Easter, which was celebrated...
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