Jerusalem Report

Accidental conquerors

Capture of old city did not figure in any battle plans during Six Day War.

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Photo by: GPCI
If Israel had its way at the start of the Six Day War, Jerusalem might still be a divided city and the West Bank still under Arab sovereignty.

On the eve of the war, Moshe Dayan had told the commander of the Jordanian front, Gen. Uzi Narkiss, as they surveyed Jordanian positions outside Jerusalem, that the upcoming war would be focused entirely on Egypt. “You must avoid any action that would entangle us with Jordan,” said Dayan, about to take over as defense minister.



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