Beer Sheva’s capture in 1948 Independence War – Oct. 15-22, 1948

Israeli soldiers capturing Beer Sheva, 1948 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The War of Independence for the nascent State of Israel began immediately after the declaration of statehood by the first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948. The Negev was an essential part of the territory that Israel would need to protect itself from Egypt from the south, and to enable development of the new country.

Beginning on Oct. 15, 1948, Operation Yoav began with the mission of capturing Beer Sheva from the Egyptians, and open up the way to the entire southern desert. On Oct. 21, in Operation Moses, the Israeli forces captured the city, making possible Israel’s ultimate victory against the Arab armies which attacked her at the very beginning of her restoration. The conflict remains unresolved till today, but the God of Israel will fulfill His intentions to restore His Kingdom to His people chosen to be His holy inheritance. (Isa. 19:23-25)

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This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, October 15, 2017, and reposted with permission.