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editor - 20 September 2017

By Andrew Tucker.. On 7 June 1967, the State of Israel took control of the old city of Jerusalem in the so- called ‘Six Day War’(which lasted from 5-10 June 1967). Israeli Commander Mordechai (Motta) Gur, who led the brigade that captured the Old City on the third day of the war, expressed the significance of this event to the Jewish people when he spoke to his squad:

“For some two thousand years the Temple Mount was forbidden to the Jews… The Western Wall, for which every heart beats, is ours once again. Many Jews have taken their lives into their hands throughout our long history, to reach Jerusalem and live here. Endless words of longing have expressed the deep yearning for Jerusalem that beats within the Jewish heart. You have been given the great privilege of completing the circle, of returning to the nation its capital and its holy centre. Jerusalem is yours forever.”

Psalm 122:6-7. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels”.More

Soon afterwards, in late June 1967, the State of Israel expanded the municipal boundaries of the city of Jerusalem to include all of what is now known as ‘East Jerusalem’. A law was passed applying Israeli legislation and jurisdiction to the expanded municipality as well as extending public utility services, municipal and administrative facilities to all parts of the city.

“We are the generation that is witnessing the restoration of Jerusalem in preparation for the coming of Messiah. That is why it is so vitally important to ensure that the city is not divided into separate ‘Israeli’ and ‘Palestinian’ cities…”

Israel’s ‘unification’ of Jerusalem is perhaps one of the greatest controversies of our time. It has ignited furious statements of condemnation in both the political and religious worlds. A multitude of UN resolutions (both General Assembly and Security Council) condemn Israel’s unification of the city as ‘illegal’. The World Council of Churches and many major church denominations have issued statements condemning Israel’s settlements’ in East Jerusalem, calling for an end to the ‘occupation’ and demanding that East Jerusalem  becomes the capital of a new state of ‘Palestine’.



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