As Israel prepares to mark the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, we want to remember the watchmen who have literally and physically been placed back on the city’s walls
Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Israel Today Staff
Forty-five years ago next Sunday, Israel, in a war of defense against neighboring Jordan and other Arab states, reunified the city of Jerusalem under Jewish rule for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.
Even though Israel had been reborn as a nation-state some 19 years earlier, Jordan continued to illegally occupy the city’s eastern half, including the Old City and the Temple Mount, making the Jews’ millennia-long dream of returning to their ancient capital incomplete.
The 1967 Six Day War changed all that, and audio recordings of Israeli soldiers taking control of the Old City and Temple Mount remain one of the nation’s most stirring and treasured archives.
In commemoration of that miraculous victory, that fulfillment of both prophecy and ancient hopes, Israelis annually mark Jerusalem Day on the date that the IDF declared “the Temple Mount is in our hands.”
Jerusalem Day often brings to mind the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call upon the Lord give yourself no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)
Today, God has set many watchmen, both physical and spiritual, on Jerusalem’s walls.
Considering the history and significance of Jerusalem Day, we want to honor those physical watchmen, the brave young soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. As such, we are asking you to join with us in bringing comfort and encouragement to an Israeli soldier by purchasing either a “coffee break” or a special gift bag for one of Israel’s fighting men and women.