The Light Horse Centenary

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October 20, 2017 05:28

The premiers of Israel, Australia and New Zealand will lead a massive celebration in Beersheba at the end of October.




‘The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 31 October 1917,’ painted by George Lambert

‘The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 31 October 1917,’ painted by George Lambert three years later. (photo credit:AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL - CANBERRA)

ON OCTOBER 31, all roads in Israel will lead to Beersheba when more than 2,000 Australians and New Zealanders, including the prime ministers of those countries, head for the capital of the Negev.

The ancient biblical city of the seven wells was first mentioned in the Book of Genesis, as the place where Abraham, the patriarch of both the Jewish and Muslim faiths, digs a well, as did his son Isaac after him, and both Abraham and Isaac separately make their peace with King Avimelech of Gerar.

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