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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Why Jerusalem was liberated

It's widely known that Israel had a deal with Jordan's King Hussein in 1967. Jordan would stay out of the upcoming war with Egypt and Syria, and Israel would not touch Jerusalem and the 'west bank.' The government ministers  - principally from the Labor party and (to their eternal shame) the National Religious Party - opposed taking Jerusalem's Old City, saying that they didn't want to rule over the Middle East equivalent of the Vatican.

It's also widely known that Jordan violated the deal and attacked Israel. What's not widely known (and I don't even recall reading an account like this in Michael Oren's seminal book on the war - which I read a few years ago) is why.

Moshe Feiglin tells the story of why Jordan broke the agreement. If you didn't believe until now that God was behind the entire war, this story ought to convince you.

The story is in Hebrew and there is an English translation. But it loses a lot in translation so if you can, read the Hebrew.

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At 1:01 PM, Blogger Ariadne said...

Would you please post a link to the English translation? Many thanks and Happy Yom Yerushalayim!

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

Don't do Facebook; can you repost?

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

Can you repost for the benefit of those who don't do Facebook? TIA

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...

I happen to find it far more interesting to believe that humans are behind Jerusalem's liberation and not Hashem. Otherwise Hashem must be extremely evil, to allow such unspeakable horrors to have gone on in Jerusalem and throughout history, just in order for Jerusalem to be liberated without even the Holy Temple. Sorry, but because I believe Hashem is not evil, I choose to believe that humans in fact liberated Jerusalem. And I celebrate human ingenuity that was able to liberate this fantastic city!


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