The Balfour Declaration, the Liberation of Jerusalem and the Chanukah Connection

by Hylan Slobodkin

December 16, 2017

On December 11, 1917, one hundred years ago this past Monday, General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem. There was no great pageantry of arms, no display of the pomp and circumstance of a victorious army. Next to the entrance to the Jaffa Gate is the wide breach made in the walls by the Ottomans for Kaiser Wilhelm II when he visited Jerusalem in 1898. This was not used. Instead General Allenby entered by the ancient Gate with simplicity and reverence… on foot.
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