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Miracles of Israel's Six Day War

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Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 9:49 PM

In the spring of 1967, following close to a decade of relative calm, Israel found itself poised for war against four of its Arab neighbors.

According to all the military analysts and pundits, it was to be a lopsided match. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) consisted of 275,000 troops, compared to the 456,000 soldiers of the combined Iraqi, Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian armies. The united Arab forces also had a decided edge with regards to weaponry and military equipment: they boasted more than double the amount of tanks, and close to four times the amount of combat aircraft. The three-week period preceding the Six-Day War was one of dread, shock and fright for the residents of the Holy Land.

With close to two and a half million Jews living in the tiny country, it had the highest concentration of Jews since pre-Holocaust Eastern Europe. So pessimistic was the outlook that the nations cemeteries and national parks were marked to become gravesites for the many who would surely perish in the course of the war.

However, despite all the prognostications, by the time the war ended, the territory under Israeli control had tripled in size. Jews returned to sites where their ancestors had lived for thousands of years, sites from which waves of terror were launched against them for so many years. The casualties and losses were painful, but minimal in comparison to all projections. The Jewish nation was miraculously victorious in the face of unbelievable odds.

Edited Aug 11, 2012 by Green-eyed-lady: title change

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 9:51 PM

History books speak of the Hundred Years War, the Thirty Years War, and many other long-fought battles. Here, in a matter of six short days, a nation managed to utterly rout not one, but four powerful enemies!

Jews across the globe thanked Gd for the great miracles that happened. An incredible sense of pride and spiritual awakening gripped the Jewish people worldwide.

The following is a brief account of some of the major events of the war, with emphasis placed on a few of the miraculous occurrences which characterized its battles. We will also highlight the pivotal role of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, in calming and reassuring a frightened and trepidation-filled nation, both before and during the war, and foretelling its miraculous outcome.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 9:54 PM

May 15: Alarming News

Israel was celebrating its Independence Day when the Israeli government received word that Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser was moving heavy artillery into the Sinai Desert. Additionally, large numbers of Egyptian forces were crossing the Suez Canal into the Sinai Desert. The Egyptian government had put its army on alert for an upcoming war. Syria and Jordan, too, moved into a state of alert and announced that they would not sit by idly if Israel attacked Egypt.

On the next day, the Egyptians instructed the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF), whose stated role was to serve as a buffer between Israel and Egypt, to leave the Sinai Desert. UNEF complied with this directive. A week later, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli vessels and any ships that transported military equipment to Israel. Israel considered this move an act of war.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 9:58 PM

May 28: Panic and Confusion

One week earlier, Israel had called up all army reservists for active duty. News of the pact between Egypt, Syria and Jordan, effectively creating a noose around Israels borders, brought home to a frightened Israeli public the reality of an impending war. The media began discussing the prospects of a war with much bloodshed. The term second Holocaust was bandied around.

On the 27th of May, the Israeli government began instructing its citizens to prepare themselves for war, offering self-defense primers. Bomb shelters were prepared, and students dug bunkers across the land.

Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol delivered a national radio address in an attempt to calm the populace. Instead, he projected confusion and hesitancy. The Israeli public was in shock over the lack of confidence their prime minister demonstrated. The nations panic thickened.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:02 PM

May 28: The Gd of Israel Does Not Slumber

That very same day, thousands of miles away in Brooklyn, New York, more than 20,000 children and adults gathered on the streets to celebrate the festive day of Lag BaOmer and Jewish unity. In his address to the gathering, the Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke forcefully about the situation in Israel. The Rebbe emphatically declared: Gd is guarding them and sending them His blessings and salvation in extraordinary measure. The people of Israel will emerge from the current situation with remarkable success.

The Rebbe urged the children to do good deeds in the merit of their brethren in Israel, and then, in a strong voice expressing unmistakable confidence and assurance, proceeded to quote Gds blessing and assurance (Leviticus 26:6), And I will bring peace to the Land, and you will lie down with no one to frighten you . . . He concluded by saying, Gd will extract the Jewish nation from all hardships with His full, open, holy and outstretched hand, and will bring them peace and tranquility . . .

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:07 PM

May 31: A Lone Voice

As foreign embassies called for their citizens to immediately evacuate from Israel,and foreign airlines were contemplating terminating their flights to Israel, the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot carried a surprisingly uplifting headline: Gd Is Watching over the Holy Land, and Salvation Is Near, the headline screamed. The article contained the Rebbes message: There is no reason to be afraid, and there is no reason to frighten others. I am displeased with the exaggerations being disseminated and the panicking of the citizens in Israel . . .

Newspapers across Israel, from Haaretz to Al Hamishmar,carried uplifting headlines in the Rebbes name. The Rebbes reassuring talk at the Lag BaOmer parade reached the studios of Israels national radio, Kol Yisrael,and was broadcast with simultaneous translation from the original Yiddish to Hebrew.

The media also made note of the fact that the Rebbe urged all foreigners who were in Israel to remain there.

The Rebbes reassuring voice brought calm to many people. In an interview with Davar following the Six-Day War, Israeli President Zalman Shazar said: I did not doubt for a moment that we would be triumphant. The Rebbe called me, and it was clear that he had full faith that we would be victorious.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:10 PM

June 3: Global Tefillin Campaign

At a Shabbat farbrengen (gathering) at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, the Rebbe called on world Jewry to increase their performance of good deeds in the merit of their brethren in Israel,and especially to bolster the fulfillment of the mitzvah to put on tefillin. The Rebbe quoted the verse, All the nations of the earth will see that the name of the Lrd is upon you, and they will fear you. Our sages tell us that we merit the fulfillment of this divine promise through wearing tefillin.

Chabad-Lubavitch followers around the globe immediately began encouraging Jewish men to don tefillin. Following the Rebbes instructions, and a special telegram he sent to the soldiers asking them to join in this biblical command, special emphasis was placed on going to the frontlines and assisting IDF forces in putting on tefillin. Those furthest from fulfilling the commandments back at home were often among the first who lined up to perform this special mitzvah.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

Day 1

June 5: War Begins

By 7:30 AM, two hundred Israeli Air Force (IAF) planes were in the air, heading towards Egyptian airbases. Though flying very low, so as not to be detected by the scores of Arab radar sites, a Jordanian radar facility detected an unusually large number of aircraft heading towards the sea. The officer on duty immediately sent a message, Inab, the codeword for war, to Jordan military headquarters in Amman. The message was encoded and passed on to Egypts defense minister in Cairo. Miraculously, however, the Egyptian coding frequencies had been changed the previous day, and the Jordanians had not been updated. That morning, with the element of surprise in their favor, the IAF obliterated six Egyptian airfieldstwo in Egypt proper and four in the Sinai Desertdestroying 204 Egyptian planes, half of their air force. Though Egypt had sufficient anti-aircraft ammunition to destroy all the attacking Israeli planes, miraculously, no order was given for these missiles to be launched. The Israelis accomplished their mission with practically no resistance.

The total air superiority achieved on the first day of the war drastically reduced the enemies combat abilities.

Todays Highlights:

Israeli airstrikes destroy two-thirds of the Syrian Air Force, more than 300 Egyptian aircraft, and most of Royal Jordanian Air Force.

IDF completes the capture of Rafah and El-Arish.

The Government House in Jerusalem is captured from the Jordanians.


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Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:20 PM

Day 2

June 6: Mass Desertion in the Desert

IAF planes and pilots had now been involved in almost constant battle for twenty-four hours. The pilots were weary, and the aircraft low on ammunition and fuel. Inexplicably, the enemy did not take advantage of this weakness. Though in control of extensive forces in the Sinai Desert, and certainly capable of mounting a ferocious counterattack, Egyptian leaders were reduced to giving incoherent and disorganized instructions to their troops.

Israeli troops pressed on in the Sinai front. After capturing the Egyptian eastern outpost Abu-Ageila the day earlier, they now approached the heavily defended Kusseima outpost. As the Israelis drew near, they heard massive explosions. When they arrived they saw that the Egyptians, for no apparent reason, had destroyed their equipment and abandoned the base! As the day continued, it became clear that the Egyptians were hastily abandoning many of their outposts, some with all their supplies left behind.

Todays Highlights:

Israel seizes Gaza, Kalkiliya and Ramallah.

Ammunition Hill in East Jerusalem, the mountainous area of northwest Jerusalem, and the fortress at Latrun, all fall into Israeli hands. Jerusalem is now encircled by Israeli forces.


Edited Aug 11, 2012 by Green-eyed-lady: minor correction

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:28 PM

Day 3

June 7: A City United

Political pressure mounts as leading nations call upon Israel to accept a ceasefire proposed by King Hussein of Jordan. At the last moment, this ceasefire was nixed by the unwillingness of King Hussein to comply with the terms of the ceasefire he himself initiated! Indeed, the hearts of kings and rulers are in the hand of Gd. This allowed the IDF to finish the task of completely annihilating the enemys military infrastructure, and to bring the Old City of Jerusalem under Israeli control.

The Old City had been under Jordanian control since 1948. For nineteen years Jews had been banned from visiting its holy sites, including the Western Wall,where Jews had prayed for thousands of years. On this day Jerusalem was reunited, and once again a united Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people.

Todays Highlights:

Israel captures many cities. The most notable ones: East Jerusalem (including the Old City and the Temple Mount), Sharm El-Sheikh (taken by the Israeli Navy), Judea,Jericho, Gush Etzion and Nablus.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:33 PM

Day 4

June 8: White Sheets in Hebron

Hebron, a holy city that houses the resting place of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. A city which in its recent past had boasted a sizable Jewish population and fifty-eight synagogues. But for some time now, Jews had been banned from living in this city, and its synagogues were destroyed. The IDF entering Hebron found white sheets hanging from the windows, and an Arab population surrendering peacefully. The war in the West Bank was concluded. Israel now had full control over the entire region.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:38 PM

Day 4

June 8: The Big Lie

Arab countries were bombarded with Egyptian and Jordanian propaganda claiming that American and English planes were assisting Israel in pounding their bases and countrys forces. This canard caused much distress to American and English embassies and citizens across the Middle East. Embassies were shut down, and innocent people driven from their homes. The Big Lie backfired on its perpetrators. On June 8, King Hussein contacted the English, pleading for assistance and asking them to pressure Israel to stop its incessant attacks. England ignored the request, largely because of Husseins backing of the lie.

Todays Highlights:

Israel takes control of the holy city of Hebron,and Al Qantarah El Sharqiyya in the Sinai Desert. This places most of Sinai in Israeli hands.

Jordanian bridges are destroyed.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:41 PM

Day 5

June 9: David and Goliath

After suffering significant casualties in the offensive to overtake the Golan Heights, Commander Musa Kleins platoon had only twenty-five men at his disposal. But they continued upwards.

When they reached Tel Fakhr, Klein ordered his men to charge the position, unaware that it was one of the most heavily fortified Syrian positions. It had bunkers, trenches and a double row of wire, along with an arsenal of antitank guns, machine guns and 82mm mortars. The handful of IDF soldiers were worse off than sitting ducks . . .

Syrian Captain Ahmad Ibrahim Khalili gave his men instructions not to fire until the Israelis reached the wire. In no time at all, however, it was too late. In the Syrians own words: The Jews are already inside, and weve taken heavy casualties. Commander Klein and his men were victorious, and continued up the Heights.

Todays Highlights:

Israel seizes the Straits of Tiran. Israel breaks through the Golan plateau.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 10:50 PM

Day 6

June 10: Marathon on the Heights

The Israelis were originally reluctant to invade the Golan Heights. It would be an uphill battle against a well-entrenched and fortified position, protected by an army of 75,000 Syrian troops. The Syrian troops and munitions were entrenched in deep bunkers which were immune to air attack. One noted Israeli general estimated that such a battle would cost the Israelis 30,000 lives. Incredibly, though, after only seven hours of heavy fighting on June 9th, IDF commanders established strongholds in the northern and central sectors of the Golan. The next morning dawned with the Israeli forces apprehensively awaiting another day of fierce fighting. The Syrians, however, had other plans. In a sudden panic, before the Israelis even approached their positions, they pulled out of the Golan and fled in total chaos, leaving most of their weaponry behind. The moutaintops that were strategically utilized to murder Jews in the Holy Land were now in the hands of the Israelis.

The final offensive was completed and, on that day, a ceasefire was signed.

Todays Highlights:

Israel captures the strategic Golan Heights and Msada. A ceasefire goes into effect at 6:30 PM.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sat. Aug 11, 2012 @ 11:48 PM

Six-Day War (1967) In the spring of 1967, the Arab capitals paraded their arms and openly spoke of overrunning the Land of Israel and casting its inhabitants into the sea. The international media was almost unanimous in its belief that the small Jewish state, outflanked and outgunned by its enemies, stood little chance of survival. It seemed that, for the second time in a generation, the world was going to stand by and allow the enemies of the Jewish people to slaughter them in the millions. On Iyar 26 (June 5, 1967), Israel launched preemptive strikes on its southern and northern frontiers. In just six days, the Jewish army defeated five Arab armies on three fronts and liberated territories of its promised homeland amounting to an area greater than its own size, including the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

The openly miraculous nature of Israels victory spawned a global awakening of the Jewish soul, fueling the already present and growing teshuvah movement of return to Gd and Jewish traditions. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, called it a moment of biblical proportions, an opportunity the likes of which has not been granted for thousands of years. Many thousands of Jews flocked to put on tefillin and pray at the newly liberated Western Wall of the Temple Mount.

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sun. Aug 12, 2012 @ 12:01 AM


The 49-day "Counting of the Omer" retraces our ancestors' seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer; the 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

The teachings of Kabbalah explain that there are seven "Divine Attributes" -- Sefirot -- that G-d assumes through which to relate to our existence: Chessed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut ("Love", "Strength", "Beauty", "Victory", "Splendor", "Foundation" and "Sovereignty").

In the human being, created in the "image of G-d," the seven sefirot are mirrored in the seven "emotional attributes" of the human soul: Kindness, Restraint, Harmony, Ambition, Humility, Connection and Receptiveness.

Each of the seven attributes contain elements of all seven--i.e., "Kindness in Kindness", "Restraint in Kindness", "Harmony in Kindness", etc.--making for a total of forty-nine traits.

The 49-day Omer Count is thus a 49-step process of self-refinement, with each day devoted to the "rectification" and perfection of one the forty-nine "sefirot."


Edited Aug 12, 2012 by Green-eyed-lady: tweaks

Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Sun. Aug 12, 2012 @ 1:44 AM

Miracles in the Six-Day War: Eyewitness Accounts, May 10 '07, 12:16 PM

Eyewitnesses tell the stories of the miraculous battles and events of the Six-Day War.

The Conquest of Shechem The town of Shechem [AKA Nablus] is one of the largest in all of Judea and Samaria. IDF analysts surmized that the conquest of the tens of thousands of Shechem inhabitants would likely be one of the most difficult and bloody battles of the 6-Day War.

As background to the following eyewitness account, it is important to understand that one of the largest crossings of the Jordan River leads from Jordan in the east to the Tirza riverbed, which contains a good road through the Samarian mountains right into Shechem.
This is the crossing and entrance to Israel that the biblical Abraham, who was coming from the area of Iraq, used as it is written in Genesis 12, "And Abraham traversed the land until Shechem, until Elon Moreh.
Assuming that the IDF would advance towards Shechem from Israel's coastal plain, the Jordanian army placed its heavy artillery and tanks on the other side of Shechem, in the hilly terrain overlooking the roads leading to Shechem from the west.
The IDF decided therefore to outflank the enemy by fighting first to the north and west and coming back down to enter Shechem from the east, "the back door."
Colonel Uri Banari tells his eyewitness account of the conquest of Shechem: "At the entrance to Shechem stood thousands of Arabs who waved white handkerchiefs and clapped their hands. In our naivete, we returned greetings and smiles. We entered the town and wondered: We are advancing and there is no disorder, no panic, the local armed guards stand by with rifles in their hands keeping order, and the crowds are cheering." "Suddenly something happened which changed the entire picture in a moment. One of our officers wanted to disarm an Arab guard. When the latter refused, our officer fired a shot in the air. At that moment, all the crowds disappeared and streets emptied out. The Arabs began sniper fire." "I didn't comprehend what had transpired. Only later, did I understand. The residents of Shechem thought that we were the Iraqi forces who were due to arrive from the direction of Jordan. The numerous enemy tanks were situated on the west side of Shechem. They woke up to their error very late." "The Arabs were surprised the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
In Hevron, and in Shechem, in Jenin and in Jericho the Arabs were heavily armed. There was not even one small Arab village without arms. With great haste, the Arabs, however, hid their weapons and didn't consider using them. They raised their hands up, and flew white flags of surrender from every edifice. The fear of G-d fell upon hundreds of thousands of proud Arabs, who were filled with hatred and loathing for Israel. Only yesterday, they had sworn to fight until their last drop of blood." [From HaTekufa HaGedola, Rabbi Menachem Kasher,]

Direct Hit on an Ammunitions Pile
In the late hours of the night, an IDF truck loaded with arms and shells parked next to a Jerusalem building. Its mission was to bring a fresh supply of ammunition to the front line outposts. The element of danger was great in that were the truck to be hit by enemy fire, the subsequent explosions of all the ammo would bring down all the buildings in the area on their inhabitants. Suddenly the whistling of an approaching enemy shell was heard, and the shell, indeed, scored a direct hit on the vehicle.
But the Arab shell did not explode. It remained perched atop the pile of Israeli shells in the truck.

Egyptians Against Two IDF Soldiers
Yisrael, a cab driver who was drafted to fight in the 6-Day War as part of the paratroop unit assigned with conquering the Straits of Tiran, told the following upon his return: &ldquoThe Israeli soldiers didn&rsquot have to parachute out of the Nord airplanes which took them to the Tiran Straits. They landed like spoiled tourists in the airport, because
the Egyptian regiment which was on guard there fled before the Israeli trips were visible on the horizon. After landing, I was sent with another reserves soldier, an electrician, to patrol the area. When we had distanced ourselves two kilometers, an Egyptian half track appeared before us filled with soldiers and mounted with machine guns on every side. We had only light weapons with a few bullets that couldn&rsquot stop the half track for a second. We couldn&rsquot turn back, so we stood there in despair, waited for the first shot, and for lack of a better idea, aimed our guns at them.

But the shots didn't come.
The half track came to a halt, and we decided to cautiously approach it. We found 18 armed soldiers inside sitting with guns in hand, with a petrified look on their faces. They looked at us with great fear as though begging for mercy. I shouted &lsquoHands up! As we were marching them and I had returned to a state of calm, I asked the Egyptian sergeant next to me, &lsquoTell me, why didn&rsquot you shoot at us? He answered, &lsquoI don&rsquot know. My arms froze they became paralyzed. My whole body was paralyzed, and I don&rsquot know why. It turned out that these soldiers didn&rsquot know that the Straits of Tiran were already in Israeli hands why didn&rsquot they elminiate us? I don&rsquot have an answer. How can one say that G-d didn&rsquot help us. The Finger of G-d IDF Director of Operations Maj. Gen. Ezer Weizmann was asked by Mr. Levanon, the father of a fallen pilot, how he explains the fact that for 3 straight hours, Israel Air Force planes flew from one Egyptian airstrip to another destroying the enemy planes, yet the Egyptians did not radio ahead to inform their own forces of the oncoming Israeli attack?

Ezer Weizmann, later who later served as President of the State of Israel, was silent. He then lifted his head and exclaimed, "The finger of G-d." [ibid, p. 445]

Haaretz Newspaper&rsquos Bottom Line Following his blow-by-blow analysis, the military correspondent for the secular Haaretz Newspaper summed up the 6-Day War with the admission: &ldquoEven a non-religious person must admit this war was fought with help from heaven. [ibid, p. 445]

A German Viewpoint A German journalist summarized: &ldquoNothing like this has happened in history. A force including a 1000 tanks, hundreds of artillery cannons, many rockets and fighter jets, and a hundred thousand soldiers armed from head to toe was destroyed in two days in an area covering hundreds of kilometers filled with reinforced outposts and installations. And this victory was carried out by a force that lost many soldiers and much equipment, positions, and vehicles. No military logic or natural cause can explain this monumental occurrence
ציפורה 24/F
Tue. Aug 14, 2012 @ 2:28 AM
Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol delivered a national radio address in an attempt to calm the populace. Instead, he projected confusion and hesitancy. The Israeli public was in shock over the lack of confidence their prime minister demonstrated. The nations panic thickened.

his political enemies played that up. Eshkol stuttered, the general staff weren't fussed about it. Yitzhaq Rabin's collapse and mental breakdown was more scandalous.
Green-eyed-lady 92/F
Mon. Oct 22, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

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