Excerpts from Narkiss’s diary were released by the IDF Archives for Jerusalem Day, in which some of the most pivotal moments of the war are documented firsthand from the battlefield.
Gen. Uzi Narkiss (left) with Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin Photo credit: Bamahane/Channel 2 News
The Defense Ministry has released excerpts from a diary written during the Six Day War by Uzi Narkiss, who then headed the IDF’s Central Command. In it are some of the most pivotal moments of the 1967 war as documented by Narkiss in real time, including the battle for the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall and Temple Mount.
In one excerpt, Narkiss describes how he told Jerusalem’s mayor Teddy Kollek, “Soon you are going to become the first mayor of the reunited Jerusalem.” In another, he writes that when he sensed the IDF was getting close to conquering the Western Wall, he told IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren to “get a shofar” in order to celebrate the historic achievement.
Rabbi Shlomo Goren blowing a shofar at the Western Wall Photo credit: Bamahane/Channel 2 News
Narkiss also recounts in the diary that Defense Minister Moshe Dayan placed a note in the Western Wall wishing for “peace upon Israel.”