This section is devoted to Israel’s Independence and Memorial Days and focuses on the battle of securing safe access on the roads to Jerusalem during the War of Independence.
Independence Day is commemorated every year according to the Hebrew calendar on the fifth day of the month of Iyar (Hey b’Iyar, which this year falls on May 10, 2000 ). Memorial Day is commemorated in Israel the day before Independence Day, to emphasize the nation’s oneness with the families of those who fell in the struggle for a free State.
The featured “Historical Perspective” will show that controling the way to Jerusalem was pivotal in gaining Israel’s independence. This was one of the most difficult battles and is representative of the period. This issue includes places to visit that are close to the highway in the Jerusalem Hills,
Shaar Ha'Gai and the remains of burnt-out armored vehicles are suitable sites for every tourist who travels on the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem road -Route #1. From Command Post 21 one can see a magnificent view (this will suit those who enjoy hiking – about 6.5 miles (or 4 kilometers).
The Church of the Ark (Notre Dame Arche D’Alliance) in Abu Gosh is featured in the Pilgrims’ Crossing section.
Restaurants, panoramic lookout points along the mountainous roads surrounding Abu Gosh Village, the Deer Monument and the Military Cemetery in Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim are all areas rich in history that are not on the typical tourist path.