On the morning after Yom Yerushalayim, I walked past the prime minister’s house on the way to the dentist. The house sits on Balfour Street, named for the British lord whose famous Declaration of 1917 paved the road to the Jewish state. Half a century later, the Israel Defense Forces recaptured the Old City and unified Jerusalem, a momentous event commemorated on Yom Yerushalayim.
Some 30,000 Israelis gathered for the annual flag march through eastern Jerusalem in honor of Jerusalem Day, as at least 3,000 police took up patrols throughout the city.
Next Thursday, May 9, the 27th of Iyar, we will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim. During the Six-Day War, Israelis recaptured Jerusalem from the Jordanians. Israel instituted a day of celebration for this event, calling it Jerusalem Day. Although Jerusalem is a source of bitter contention these days between Israelis and Palestinians, we still celebrate this day, one that reminds us that Jews are finally able to visit the Western Wall.