The Battle for Jerusalem: June 5-7,1967...

Enhanced by fascinating photographs and an epilogue tracing the subsequent lives and military careers of the key participants, Rabinovich's gripping narrative brings the reader to the scene of this brilliant military victory and emotional reunion of a people with their sacred city.

Preface to the 20th Anniversary Edition xiv substantiated. In a number of instances, however, when there was no other survivor in a particular action or when the identity of such survi-vors was not known to me, I have relied on the unsupported testimony of individual soldiers— particularly those who received official citations and whose story had been subject to the award committee’s investiga-tion. To a limited extent, my own observations as a reporter before and during the battle find expression here. In the opening hour of the war, I took shelter from the shelling in a building near the Old City wall and found myself in City Hall. Mayor Kollek received me, and together we watched the shelling of the city from his office window before we descended to visit residents in front- line buildings. Two days later, I was at the Western Wall a few hours after its capture by the paratroop brigade. Portrayal of the Jordanian side has been restricted by limited access to Jordanian sources. I have nevertheless obtained a reliable overview through interviews with figures in East Jerusalem as well as from in-formed Israeli sources and several published accounts listed in the bibli-ography.  To Israel, the capture of Jerusalem’s Old City was a historical catharsis almost matching that of the creation of the state. Unlike the great Cru-sades, which involved arduous preparation and campaigning, Jerusa-lem had fallen in a fit of absentmindedness— that of King Hussein, who provoked a war when he no longer had a chance of winning. On the morning of June 5, before the guns opened, Jerusalem was a prayer chanted in Israel’s synagogues, not an operational target considered in its military headquarters or by any political leader. Forty- eight hours later, the Israeli flag was flying over the Western Wall. Rarely have a nation’s deepest aspirations been achieved so swiftly and so unexpect-edly. In the decades since, the united city has been transformed from a backwater into a beautiful and throbbing metropolis. But it is only the city that was united, not its populations. Arab residents, while integrated economically, would remain alienated politically and socially. To the Arab world, the fall of the Temple Mount, third holiest site in Islam,   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

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