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Jerusalem Day is the holiday of the State of Israel
Jerusalem celebrates 51 years since the liberation of the city. As every year, this year, too, the people of Israel merited to celebrate with a majority and a majesty of the king, from the traditional flag dance, through the state ceremony at Ammunition Hill to the central event at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva. This is the day that the God is exalted and will happy in him.
Jerusalem Day events marking 51 years since the liberation and unification of the city were opened at the end of the Sabbath in a variety of events in the capital and throughout the country. Today, the US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in a festive ceremony.
It is a national holiday in the full sense of the word.
In the official ceremony commemorating the day of the reunification of Jerusalem on Ammunition Hill, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Ammunition Hill is spread out before us – not only the canals, the bunkers that are stationed … We envision the fierce fighters who stormed this hill under fire in the Six Day War. Everyone in the battle knows the terror of war, and it is difficult, and it paralyzes, and fear and fear must be overcome, and this is what our soldiers did.
But there is a price. When the parachutist Avner Getz broke down before breaking into the Old City, his father, Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz, said, “I am happy that I won, and woe to me, that my son fell for the liberation of Jerusalem.” The sorrow of bereavement and the joy of victory were intertwined. On the side of grief, we will always remember that thanks to our fallen loved ones, the chokehold was removed from our necks, and thanks to them we were promised our resurrection, and thanks to them we returned to the inheritance of our forefathers.
My generation remembers very well the brushing of the swords of our enemies in the days before the war. They boasted that they were going to throw us into the sea, into oblivion. But the end is known: their threats and arrogance did not help them at the time of the order. We stood up as a united people, and we beat those who sought our souls to a crushing blow.
Even today there are those who call for our destruction, and even today we will reject the murderous intentions against us. Anyone who hurts us – we hurt him. Anyone who has been held to harm us – we will try to hurt him earlier. Anyone who threatens us with danger of annihilation puts himself in a similar danger. This is a binding order for a people who desires life, and these are not words. As you saw, this order is backed up by actions, and also with respect to Jerusalem, a hidden historical thread that links between then and today.
I am now coming from a high-spirited ceremony at the Foreign Ministry, with the American delegation that came from the American administration, from the US Congress, from all over the world came the friends of Israel, and the excitement is tremendous, because tomorrow we will honor the US Embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood. I was a little boy and I remember the neighborhood of Talpiot, and I remember Arnona and I remember this place, I remember exactly this place.
In the coming days, Guatemala and Paraguay will also transfer their embassies to Jerusalem, and I am sure that this will be the practice of other countries as well. I’m not sure, I know, I share this secret with you. This is a complementary move to the unification of our capital 51 years ago. We were all moved when US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, recognizing a historical truth, a simple truth, that a considerable effort must be made to deny it.
3,000 years have passed since King David established his capital, the capital of the Kingdom of Israel, the Kingdom of Judea in Jerusalem. And throughout our generations, we knew that we had the first right in Jerusalem. Apart from us, no people in the world can say that Jerusalem was its capital at any time, because Jerusalem is the capital of Israel forever. The values of eternity represented by Jerusalem are anchored in our heritage, unity and justice, grace and peace, the ability of believers in the three monotheistic religions, the ability of the believers of the three religions in Jerusalem to visit their places of worship freely and tolerantly.
How far this is far from the sword that is being thrown on prayer houses in large areas of the Middle East. Here we pray, where we desecrate! We will continue to pray and not be desecrated. The Jerusalem Union invented a cure for the wounds of 1948. Jerusalem, 70 years ago, was under a prolonged siege, especially in the Jewish Quarter, and the defenders of the Quarter made a supreme effort to survive, including young boys, even children, who carried news, food, and weapons. Private Nissim Gini, aged nine and a half, served as an observer, who was called “a soldier with the teeth of milk.” A small Jordanian sniper’s bullet ended his young life.
The fighters of the Jewish Quarter were finally forced to lay down their arms. Dozens of them were captured by Jordan, and the residents – refugees from the Old City – were forced to leave. For 19 years there were no Jews living among the walls. For 19 years, and I remember that, like you, the president of Israel – you remember the barbed wire fences, you remember the snipers, you remember the outposts, you remember the fallen – we will never return to that sad reality.
Jerusalem will move forward, develop and flourish as a city that has been united forever. Jerusalem is today an open city, an accessible city, full of vitality. I do not say that everything is perfect in it, we are constantly working to improve, to narrow gaps, in the East in the West and everywhere. But there is a real effort to develop it, to promote it, to build it. But not everything is perfect and there are also periods of tension, there are challenges, we may still face them in the coming days. But as we have proven countless times, from 1948 until today – we stand for Jerusalem.
In 1918, 100 years ago, Bory Shatz, the founder of the Bezalel School of Art, wrote a book called ‘The Jerusalem of Daydream’. “From below, it looked like an amazingly beautiful city, stretching out over hills and valleys, with tall towers, domes, flat-roofed rooftops,” writes Schatz in his book on the wings of imagination. , Gardens pools and bridges over the valleys “. Today, a hundred years later, I would invite Bory Shatz to see the railway bridge that will soon travel over the Arazim Valley to Jerusalem, and the illuminated string bridge at the entrance to the city. After all, reality passes through the imagination, and the prophecies come true.
In one of his prophecies, the prophet Isaiah says of Jerusalem: “Full applause, a homely city, a cheerful campus.” We pour new content into old words. The magic of Jerusalem will continue to be wrapped in the light of gold, from the past – to eternity!
Happy holiday to Jerusalem! “
“One thought accompanies me throughout this special day, I believe we should all be thankful for the privilege that has fallen in our part to live in Jerusalem, generations of Jews dreamed of Jerusalem,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. Remote “and stressed the expression” from Zion shall come out of faith “.
“We are in a united and glamorous Jerusalem built from end to end in a very impressive manner,” said the prime minister. “This is not self-evident.”
“Today we opened the government meeting at the Bible Museum,” the prime minister said. “They brought me a finding from the Babylonian exile, with cuneiform notes on the names of the Babylonian exiles, shortly after the declaration of Cyrus. “If anyone has doubts about the people of Israel – come and see this you can see the seal of King Hezekiah’s clerk … the seal of the House of David, can see the Temple Mount, can see our people, our city Jerusalem 3,000 years.”
“Tomorrow there is a great message of truth that will resonate in the streets of Jerusalem, the strongest country in the world. The United States will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem after President Trump recognized its capital as the capital of Israel.”
“I can tell you that other countries are following, and many others will follow, because many understand the meaning of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, and at the same time we have a great responsibility to continue to protect it for future generations.”
“We are guarding the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs. In these places lies the true point of our right to live as a nation in its homeland. “
“We’re back home and we will keep it forever and ever”
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan arrived at the Beit El Yeshiva and celebrated Jerusalem Day with the students, in the presence of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Zalman Melamed.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett told world leaders “recognize Jerusalem.” “When we know that our Jerusalem, this power radiates to the entire world until it reaches the heart of our great friend Trump.”
“When the UN General Assembly decided to declare Jerusalem a separate and disconnected body from the State of Israel, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion decided to transfer the Knesset and the government ministries from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Bennett said at the start of his speech. For our 2,000 years of exile all over the world – our Jerusalem – those paratroopers 51 years ago knew in their hearts – our Jerusalem, and when we know that our Jerusalem, this power radiates to the whole world until it reaches the heart of our great friend, the President of the United States, He understands: our Jerusalem. “
Bennett praised the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, “Thanks to the yeshiva leaders, students and rabbis, Rabbi Kook’s vision adds a floor every day and thousands of graduates who carry the flag of the yeshiva go wherever they come – a combination of Torah life and work life.”
Bennett referred to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem and said that “President Trump made a brave decision but we already knew – Jerusalem is our capital from the dawn of history and forever.”
The minister concluded his speech by calling on world leaders, “Do not miss Jerusalem, you will be the creators of history, not the warriors of Jerusalem, you will recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel forever and ever. This is what the chairman of the Jewish Home and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva.
In the Western Wall plaza thousands of people gathered for prayer and thanksgiving in singing and singing, and the masses took part in the traditional flag dance held every year throughout the city and on the Western Wall.
At the traditional ceremony at Ammunition Hill, singer Zehava Ben stirred as she performed the immortal song Bab al Wad. “Here we fought together on cliffs and rock, here we were together one family.”
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Credits: Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו ראש ממשלת ישראל The Prime Minister of Israel Nir Barkat – ניר ברקת Jerusalem Municipality | עיריית ירושלים אגף תרבות ואמנויות עיריית ירושלים נפתלי בנט – Naftali Bennett עוזי דיין זאב אלקין Zeev Elkin לשכת העיתונות הממשלתית ישיבת מרכז הרב הרב הראשי לישראל דוד לאו – Chief Rabbi David Lau זהבה בן – Zehava Ben ערוץ 7 20 ערוץ