On Eve of Historic US Trip, PM Netanyahu Prays At Western Wall

Jerusalem- The Wailing Wall
June 7, 1967


(Azure)

Sometime around 10:15 on the morning of June 7, 1967…
The first reservist paratroopers of Brigade 55 broke through the Lion’s Gate leading into the Old City of Jerusalem and reached the narrow enclave of the Western Wall. Having just fought a fierce two-day battle in the streets of east Jerusalem, they grieved for lost friends, and grieved as well for their own lost innocence in what for many was their first experience of combat. They leaned against the Wall, some in exhaustion, some in prayer. Several wept, instinctively connecting to the Wall’s tradition of mourning the destruction of the Temple and the loss of Jewish sovereignty—precisely at the moment when Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem had been restored.

Several hours later, Yitzhak Yifat, a twenty-four-year-old reservist about to begin medical school, reached the Wall. As part of the brigade’s 66th Battalion, he and his friends had fought in the Six Day War’s toughest battle: Intimate combat against elite Jordanian Legionnaires in the trenches of Ammunition Hill, on the road to Mount Scopus.

“The Photograph: A Search For June 1967”
Yossi Klein Halevi
Azure
Summer 2007

On the eve of his Washington trip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the strength of US-Israeli relations will prevail over current disagreements.

PM Netanyahu went and prayed at the Western Wall before his speech before historic speech before Congress in Washington DC.

The Obama administration is very upset that Prime Minister Netanyahu has put his country’s security above Obama’s feelings.

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