Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים, Yom Yerushaláyim) is an Israeli national holiday that commemorates the “reunification” of East Jerusalem (including the Old City) with West Jerusalem following the Six-Day War of 1967, which saw Israel occupy East Jerusalem and the West Bank, effectively annexing the former.
On 28 June 1967 Israel extended Israeli “law, jurisdiction and administration” to the area of East Jerusalem, without naming it, by incorporating it into its municipality of West Jerusalem. Internally, this move was explained as one of annexation, integrating that part of the city into Israel.
The name Jerusalem appears in the Torah at least 667 times with the first biblical reference in Bereshit 14:18 to a town called “Salem” and the first reference by the name “Jerusalem” in Judges 1:8
Jerusalem was again recalled in the prophecy of Isaiah which was heard in this city 2,700 years ago and which still resonates: “How pleasant are the footsteps of the herald upon the mountains announcing peace, heralding good tidings…” The name Jerusalem appears in the New Testament 154 times.
“Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again.”
“Only a democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in the city. Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel.”
“Ten measures of beauty descended to the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem.”
Talmud: Kiddushim 49b
“‘Eternity’ – this refers to Jerusalem”
Talmud: Berachot 58a