Jerusalem Day (In Hebrew: יוֹם יְרוּשָׁלַיִם) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967.The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for the 6-day victory and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of “Next Year in Jerusalem”.
According to Israel History,Jerusalem was divided during the War of Independence and nineteen years later was reunited as a result of the 6-Day War.
The battle of Jerusalem began on the morning of June 5, 1967 when the Jordanians opened fire along the entire cease-fire line. By that afternoon the Jordanians occupied the Governor’s Palace.
The Central Command of the Israeli Army, under the command of General Uzi Narkiss, moved the “Har’el” brigade to the Jerusalem front. This force tore through the enemy positions of “Har Adar” and “Abdul Aziz” and conquered “Nebi Samuel”.
By the morning of June 6 this force reached the Jerusalem-Rammalah road and stormed “Tel-El” and “Givat HaMivtar”. In addition a paratroop brigade was moved up. Its instructions were to open the way to Mount Scopus and the Rockefeller Museum in order to position themselves to break through to the “Old City” of Jerusalem on very short notice.
This force cut through the frontline of the town and occupied the Police Academy, Ammunition Hill, Mandelbaum Gate, the American quarter and “Wadi Jos”.
The way to Mount Scopus was now cleared and the northeast section of Jerusalem was liberated.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, has become a large and expansive city.
It stands as an inspiration not only to residents of Israel and the Jewish People but also to the entire world.
Jerusalem attracts tourists from around the world who come to see her beauty, to imbibe her past and make pilgrimage to the holy sites, which serve as a place for prayer and a connecting point for the members of all three major religions.