Cabinet ministers driving up to Jerusalem late on the afternoon of June 5, the first day of the Six-Day War, to attend a meeting in the Knesset found their cars incongruously mixed in with an armored column heading for battle. A few miles before Jerusalem, the traffic sorted itself out — the tanks and half-tracks turned left to the war, and the ministers continued straight on to Jerusalem to decide the direction the war would take.
Forty years ago, the Yom Kippur War was a moment of reckoning for an Israel flush with victory in the post-1967 years. One general faced that moment and found himself in shock. Hear his story.
Hours after conquering the Temple Mount, Israeli paratroopers argued over giving it back in exchange for peace. On Jerusalem Day 46 years later, we’re still arguing.
The future of East Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues in the peace process. But Israel’s leaders never planned on conquering the city’s Arab neighborhoods in the 1967 War.
In 1997, while scanning the books clamoring for attention in the literary editor’s closet at The Jerusalem Post, Haim Chertok, an occasional reviewer for that paper, noted a festshrift — a collection of commemorative essays — marking the centenary of the birth of an Anglican priest, James Parkes.