Watch: Temple Mount Liberation in 2 Minutes By David Israel and Jerusalem: Greater than the Sum of its Parts By Israel Hayom and The Flag March is Important, but Living Flags are More SoBy Nadav Shragai / Israel Hayom
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Watch: Temple Mount Liberation in 2 Minutes By David Israel
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On the morning of Wednesday, June 7, 1967, the command of the 55th paratroopers' brigade was stationed in the plaza of the Intercontinental Hotel, and from there the brigade commander gave the order to enter the city. The main force moved to the Lions' Gate. It was followed by two companies from the 71st Battalion, which had just ascended the Mount of Olives ridge, the 66th Battalion, which also descended from the ridge, and the 28th Battalion, which came from the Rockefeller Museum, and a tank division. Company D of the 71st Battalion moved towards the Garbage Gate and entered the city after the forces of the Jerusalem Brigade. They continued to purge the Christian Quarter.
At 9:45 AM, the brigadier general armored vehicle arrived at the Lions Gate, bypassed the tanks that could not enter through the narrow gate, and moved in on Via Dolorosa Street. A few minutes later, the command group entered the Temple Mount, together with Company A of the 71st Battalion, which arrived first among the battalion's companies.
At 10:00 AM, Mota Gur announced on the radio network the famous sentence: "The Temple Mount is in our hands."
Journalist Israel Harel, who was in the first IDF force to enter the Temple Mount, reported that "Moshe Dayan met there (on the Temple Mount – DI) the representatives of the Waqf, who declared to him that they humbly accept Israeli rule and asked that the soldiers not harm the sanctity of the place."
Jerusalem Day has long since turned from one marking a joyous festival to one mired by an exhausting political raucous. The issue of Israel and its Arab citizens, and the question of east versus west Jerusalem are, of course, worthy topics of discussion, but the choice to make them the heart of the conversation on Jerusalem Day of all days is unfortunate.
The attempt to paint Jerusalem as the exclusive focus of conflict and controversy is shallow and narrow-minded and is useful only to those who thrive on strife. Jerusalem is first and foremost the fulfillment of an old-new vision, and its liberation is a sign of the independence and aptitude of the Jewish state.
Jerusalem often finds itself labeled as "controversial" alongside other areas associated with the 1967 Six-Day War, and there is certainly a clear link between the nature of the debate on Jerusalem and the nature of the debate on Judea and Samaria. I have often spoken to audiences abroad about the issues in Judea and Samaria. I always tell them: It doesn't matter if you are for or against the Jewish settlement enterprise, or for or against a Palestinian state – never limit your connection to Israel to this question alone.
It is unthinkable that after 2,000 years of Jewish longing and 150 years of Zionism, the connection between Jews and the Jewish state will be reduced to the question of "to what extent does Israel cope with the complex reality it faces."
Those sparing no effort to convince Diaspora Jewry that the "occupation" is the only prism by which they must shape their view of and link to Israel are, for the most part, self-serving entities the interests of which are well-funded. They have little – if any – real interest in Israel or in the Diaspora and under their guise of concern for human rights, morals, and ethics, lies little more than a superficiality of thought and a spiritual void.
It would also be a mistake to define the connection to Jerusalem and Jerusalem Day through the narrow prism of the flag march.
Whether you like it or not, whether you consider it a festive event or a problematic one, it is impossible to reduce thousands of years of deep Jewish connection to the city to an argument that boils down to will-they-or-won't-they march through the Damascus Gate. Not that this is not an important question, but to make it the core issue is ridiculous.
There are 364 days a year during which one can discuss the challenges Jerusalem faces. For one day a year, let us simply rejoice in the fact that we have been privileged to witness the manifestation of the biblical vision and experience the dream-come-true of so many who came before us.
For years already, Israeli flags have been flown along the route that leads from Damascus Gate to the Western Wall, where the Jerusalem Day flag march proceeded.
No one waves them, but they are more significant than the flags that were carried there on Yom Yershalim. We are here, day after day, year after year.
The dozens of Jewish families who live along Hagai St. and its byways – from Beit Rand and Torat Haim to Beit Danon and Beit Wittenberg, Beit Nof, and other settlement points – are the true flags, the ones already raised on this route. They are living flags, a march of life.
At a time when tearing Israeli flags of cars, public buildings, and flagpoles (even in the Baka neighborhood in the western half of the city) has become a national sport for Arabs in Jerusalem, the flag march takes on special significance.
And when Israeli flags are trampled in east Jerusalem and schools cancel field trips to Jerusalem, we cannot forgo this event. But the settlement along Hagai St, the historic nucleus of settlement that is so crucial to Jerusalem, is much more important, and now is the time to bolster it.
Hagai is one of two main pedestrian routes to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount and mainly serves residents of Jerusalem's Haredi neighborhoods.
Until the riots of 1929 and 1935, this road was home to hundreds of Jewish families, some of whom were renowned in old Jerusalem circles, including Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language; the families of two presidents – Reuven Rivlin and Yitzhak Navon.
The state erred when, after the 1967 Six-Day War, it made due with rebuilding and populating only the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. The Muslim Quarter, which used to be called the "mixed quarter," was also once home to thousands of Jews, but unlike the Jewish Quarter, the Jews never returned to it.
The government left the field to ideological organizations like Ateret Kohanim, which did and do everything they can, but it isn't enough.
In the past decade, about one-quarter of Old City residents have left – the vast majority Muslims who lived in the Muslim Quarter. This means that despite the difficulty, Jews can be housed in more and more parts of the Old City outside the Jewish Quarter.
This is the heart of Zion (Jerusalem), and the return of Jews to it is Zionism at its best. This is also the response to the terrorism that seeks to hurt Jews on this route, as well as the plans to divide Jerusalem on which research institutes with links to the Democratic party in the US are working.
If the government strengthens Jewish settlement in the Old City of Jerusalem, it will torpedo the pressure that will come.
Flags, as Herzl wrote so many years ago, lead people forward to where they want to go, but in Jerusalem, facts on the ground will determine what happens. The future of the Old City of Jerusalem will be decided by more and more courtyards and buildings purchased by Jews who will live in them, as well as by Jerusalem residents "marching" to the Western Wall via Hagai St., as they have for 55 years, without flags, every day, three times a day. This is the true march of the living, through the heart of Jerusalem. The flags to come only show us the way.