In honor of Jerusalem Day, which begins on Sunday evening, ALL ISRAEL NEWS invites you to watch our exclusive video featuring Gershon Shevach, former IDF officer, as he reveals what it was like serving in the famous Unit 16 – the Israeli army’s urban warfare unit – on the day they liberated Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
“In every generation there is some nation that wants to destroy us. They don't want to just win the war, they want to kill us,” Shevach says.
Raised in a Zionist family, Shevach describes the emotionally-charged experience of being among the first soldiers in the Old City to reclaim the Western Wall.
“We built an army here and we built a beautiful nation, because the strength of Israel is in its soul, not in its ammunition,” he said.
Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew, is an Israeli national holiday which commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and marks the regaining of access to the Old City’s Western Wall following the nation’s Six-Day War victory in June 1967.
This year, Jerusalem Day celebrations begin on Sunday evening with a festive prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza, combined with prayers in memory of those killed and for the recovery of those wounded at the tragedy at Mt. Meron, as well as prayers of thanksgiving for the miracle of Israel’s recovery from the coronavirus.
The event will be attended by Israel’s chief rabbis, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and other government officials, and feature some of Israel’s top musicians. The live broadcast can be viewed here.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.