“In a triumphant moment, Israel’s flag was hoisted over the newly conquered Temple Mount—then quickly taken down”

The Astonishing Israeli Concession of 1967
by Yossi Klein Halevi
June 7, 2017

The astonishing, untold story of the battle for Jerusalem was how ill-prepared Israel was for the most mythic battle of its history: The paratroopers’ conquest of East Jerusalem and the Old City, including the two sites holiest to Judaism, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Few battles with such fateful consequences were as haphazard and unplanned. Despite periodic accusations that Israel provoked war to seize East Jerusalem, [Major Arik] Achmon told me in a recent conversation that there were no accessible contingency plans, and little intelligence. READ MORE

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