I just happened to be listening to the late Ofra Haza’s beautiful rendition of Yerushalayim shel zahav (Jerusalem of gold) and just as she gets to the part where she sings of the sounding of the shofar, it dawned on me. Today is the anniversary of the capture of the Old City of Jerusalem by Israeli troops in the Six Day War in 1967.
Yossi Ronen: Iâ€™m driving fast through the Lionâ€™s Gate all the way inside the Old City.
Command on the army wireless: Search the area, destroy all pockets of resistance and make sure to enter every single house, especially the holy places.
[Lt.- Col. Uzi Eilam blows the Shofar. Soldiers are singing â€˜Jerusalem of Goldâ€™.]
Uzi Narkiss: Tell me, where is the Western Wall? How do we get there?
Yossi Ronen: Iâ€™m walking right now down the steps towards the Western Wall. Iâ€™m not a religious man, I never have been, but this is the Western Wall and Iâ€™m touching the stones of the Western Wall.
Great. I wish I could have been there just after the shooting stopped. Yet here we are thirty-nine years later, and Israel still can’t figure out what to do with the political problems created by its thumping military victory.