On the 50th Anniversary of the 6-Day War
According to The Times of Israel, President Donald Trump’s traveling goodwill mission to the Middle East will arrive in Israel just in time for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s remarkable victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. That dramatic victory over six of tiny Israel’s aggressive Muslim-majority neighbor-nations brought about the historic reunification of Jerusalem, under Jewish control.
After the modern re-birth of Israel in 1948, the surrounding Arab nations reacted immediately to destroy the nascent nation. The armistice, ending that conflict in 1949, did not bring peace to the region. Armed Arab-actions of resistance for nearly two decades culminated, by May of 1967, with Israel on the verge of extinction. The Muslim-majority Arab nations, again, joined together with a stated goal of wiping Israel off the map. Yet, six days in early June of 1967 changed history forever, and “the Battle for Jerusalem” resulted in the reunification of Israel’s ancient capital.
A special CBN Documentary Film In Our Hands “tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade and how Israel’s Defense Forces risked everything for the sake of their homeland.” It celebrates this historic 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and commemorates this historic battle for Jerusalem. This powerful docudrama features firsthand interviews and historical reenactments while focusing on the commitment and sacrifice of the soldiers who reunited Jerusalem. It is scheduled for showing nationwide in selected theaters for only one night, on May 23rd. Check here for locations near you.
However, disappointingly, President Trump will not be using this Jerusalem Day celebration to keep his campaign promise of finally moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s actual capital. Instead, he and his Jewish advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have decided such an action was, for now, too controversial. It might distract from any unifying effect the president may have generated to extinguish extremism, while at the Arab and Muslim-majority 50-nation summit in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Hamas continues its democratically-elected stranglehold of Gaza and assures its Arab critics that the complete destruction of Israel is still its goal. And, in the Palestinian Administrated (PA) West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas is in his twelfth year of a four-year term of office and defends his continued state and private corruption, incitement of violence, and paying salaries to the families of people killed or in Israeli jails for terrorism.
In his final hours of office, President Obama attempted to release $221 million to keep the corrupt Palestinian leader and his self-serving practices afloat. However, in President Trump’s first week in office, he froze the cash windfall. Just last week, before President Trump arrived in his quest to prompt Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations again, Abbas disingenuously named another public square after a cold-blooded PA murder of Jewish people!
The Washington Post reports that President Trump’s first major foreign policy address of his presidency sought to unite followers of “disparate faiths against global terrorism.” Speaking on Sunday from the birthplace of Islam, Trump told the Muslim leaders that “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people, all in the name of religion — people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”
Israel is now nearly 70 years old and, at this 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, we are still reminded of the biblical appeal for us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” This is the city on which God has placed his name, and the land He has called His own. We honor our God when we intercede for Israel and remember our Jewish roots.
Let us also pray for this American president, as he seeks to focus Muslims, Jews and Christians to come together to resist and renounce violent extremism, often committed in the name of religion.