Online Midweek October 7

The Year of the Kiryah

Something to remember:

What each of the Jubilean years set in motion is the events of the next cycle.

Events set in motion in the Jubilee of 1917 (to the next Jubilee and beyond)

Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Defeat of the Central Powers in World War I

Some of these consequences would lead to World War II and beyond

The Balfour Declaration

The British Mandate and President Truman’s conviction that this mandate was an unbreakable promise to the Jewish People

The opening of the way for unprecedented numbers of Jewish people returning to Israel – By the mid 1930’s the number of Jewish people in the land was over six times larger than it had been in 1917. At the time of Israel’s rebirth (1948) it was over 10 times larger, and just 2 years later over 20 times larger.

In the words of Jonathan Cahn (The Oracle, page 144): Before the eyes of the world that had just entered the Cold War and the nuclear age the words of the ancient prophecies were being fulfilled:

Behold, I will bring them from the north country,
And gather them from the ends of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child
And the one who labors with child, together;
A great throng shall return there.

9 They shall come with weeping,
And with supplications I will lead them.
I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters,
In a straight way in which they shall not stumble;
For I am a Father to Israel,
And Ephraim 
is My firstborn.

10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
And declare 
it in the isles afar off, and say,
‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
And keep him as a shepherd 
does his flock.’
Jeremiah 31:8-10 (NKJV)

Fifty years from 1917 brings us to 1967

Remembering what happened then: The Six Day War

Since Israel was established as a nation there were attacks and border disputes. The had escalated during the 1960s primarily because Syrian-backed Palestinian guerillas had begun attacacross the Israeli border, which brought on reprisal raids from the Israel Defense Force

In April 1967, the skirmishes worsened after Israel and Syria engaged in an air and artillery engagement in which six Syrian fighter jets were destroyed.

In the wake of the April air battle, the Soviet Union provided Egypt with intelligence that Israel was moving troops to its northern border with Syria in preparation for a full-scale invasion. The information was inaccurate, possibly intentionally, but it stirred Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser into action.

Possibly in a show of support for his Syrian allies, he ordered Egyptian forces to advance into the Sinai Peninsula, where they expelled a United Nations peacekeeping force that had been guarding the border with Israel for over a decade.

In the days that followed, Nasser‘s aggression continued and widened:

On May 22, he banned Israeli shipping from the Straits of Tiran, the sea passage connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. A week later, he sealed a defense pact with Jordan.

As the situation in the Middle East deteriorated, American President Lyndon B. Johnson cautioned both sides against firing the first shot and attempted to garner support for an international maritime operation to reopen the Straits of Tiran.

The plan for one reason or another never was completed or put into action, and by early June 1967, Israeli leaders, feeling they had no choice, voted to counter the threatening the Arab military buildup by launching a preemptive strike.

On June 5, 1967, the Israel Defense Forces initiated Operation Focus, a well coordinated aerial attack on Egypt. That morning, approximately 200 military aircraft took off from Israel and headed west over the Mediterranean ultimately converging on Egypt from the north.

Catching the Egyptians by surprise, they assaulted 18 different airfields and eliminated roughly 90 percent of the Egyptian air force as it sat on the ground. Israel then expanded the range of its attack and decimated the air forces of Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

By the end of the day on June 5, Israeli pilots had won full control of the skies over the Middle East.

Israel all but secured victory by establishing air superiority, but fierce fighting continued for several more days. The ground war in Egypt began on June 5. In concert with their air strikes, Israeli tanks and infantry moved across the border and into the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.

At first Egyptian forces put up a determined resistance, but fell into disarray after Field Marshal Abdel Hakim Amer ordered a general retreat. Over the next several days, Israeli forces pursued the routed Egyptians across the Sinai, inflicting severe casualties.

A second front in the Six-Day War opened on June 5, when Jordan – reacting to false reports of an Egyptian victory – began shelling Israeli positions in Jerusalem. Israel responded with a devastating counterattack on East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

On June 7, Israeli troops captured the Old City of Jerusalem and celebrated by praying at the Western Wall, one of the most significant moments in this war and in modern Jewish history. Their prayer service was complete with a Rabbi and the sounding of the shofar

Robert Musel recorded this in the UPI:

JERUSALEM, June 7, 1967 (UPI)-A Jew in a paratrooper’s uniform blew a triumphant blast on a ram’s horn at the Mandelbaum Gate today and signaled the fall of Jordan’s old section of the Holy City to Israeli forces.

For the first time in 20 years Israelis prayed at their Wailing Wall. There was fighting, bloodshed, prayer and joy. Shortly after the Old City with its shrines of Christendom fell to the Israelis and the sound of sharp fighting died away, Israel’s one-eyed Gen. Moshe Dayan rode into the town.

He went to the Wailing Wall and offered prayers. Hundreds of troops, dirt-caked, sweaty, tired, stood silently in prayers at the wall which is the only remnant of the temple built by King Herod and destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D

Israelis drove around joyfully in streets forbidden to them since the partition of the Holy City into Jordanian and Israeli sectors.

 Israeli jet planes and tanks combined to pound the Jordanian positions outside the Old City into submission. Israeli troops, who had surrounded the Jordanian half of Jerusalem for two days, closed in.

A few minutes later the Mandelbaum Gate opened and the division of the Holy City ended after 20 years. Whooping Israelis claimed it would never be divided again.

Elderly men, some with the prayer shawls of Orthodox Jews, surged up to the gate and asked permission to enter the old section to pray at the Wailing Wall.

Young soldiers returning from battle advised them to stay put. Sniper fire still cracked in the ancient narrow streets.

But bearded paratroop Gen. Shlomo Goren, chief chaplain of the Israeli Army, raised a shofar (ram’s horn) to his lips at the Mandelbaum Gate. He blew it mightily to announce Jews could once more worship in the City of David at the Wailing Wall.