The photo below is possibly the most famous image to come out of the 6 Day War. Moshe Dayan, possibly Israel's greatest, most famous warrior, strides into the reconquered Old City of Jerusalem, flanked on one side by Chief of Staff Yitzchak Rabin and on the other by Uzi Narkiss, Commander of the Central Command and therefore directly responsible for the fighting in and around Jerusalem.
L-R General Uzi Narkiss, Defence Minister Moshe Dayan, Chief of Staff Yitzchak Rabin
It was my privilege as a student at Manchester University to have the opportunity to speak with General Narkiss (or Uzi as he insisted I call him), when he was the guest and keynote speaker at a Jewish Society Shabbat.
When he came to speak to us, I was in my final year of study; late 1995 or early 1996; I'm fairly sure that it was before the bus bombings and Operation Grapes of Wrath because I remember him being fairly positive.
Once he'd finished I grabbed him, explained that I was shortly making Aliyah and would be going to the army. We chatted about the possible return of the Golan Heights over a Scotch. He was a pragmatist, willing to trade land for peace but sceptical of the Syrians' intentions. To have shared a Scotch and a chat with the man who led the battle for our Eternal Capital was a real honour - he passed away shortly after.
Today is also the anniversary of D-Day - the date when the Allies launched Operation Overlord to free Europe from the Nazis. A day of truly historic dimensions therefore - the fireworks are going off over Jerusalem and the streets are thronged with people. News that the Government is going to pump in money to encourage young couples and students to stay here is exceedingly welcome and the timing of the announcement is appropriate. Once again, the Mayor of this Great city is shown up as a bit player - hopefully for not too much longer.