When one studies the Six Days War, it is hard not to see it as a miracle-within-a miracle: First and foremost – Arab leaders that were pressured into it by the unfolding events. Three weeks prior Nasser was not dreaming of entering a conflict with Israel. Second,the COS breakdown, that may have done wonders to the situation on the battlefield. And finally, the many heroic battles, code name for bad battles without command or control, in which "we won in spite of everything". And mainly the end of the war, that brought a new notion to the mind of the Arab world: the state of Israel is not a passing episode, a "devil's deed" that will perish immediately. It is here to stay, to expand, and its mere existence is an arrow in the eyes of Muslims day in and day out. It is not just a political statement, but also a profoundly theological one, backed by the rules of logic also recognized by Islam.
In that war we conquered Jerusalem, or "East Jerusalem", as we call it, and we got an opportunity to break free, from a state of emergency of 19 years.
The Temple Mount could serve as a reminder of a different reality: a more natural one, more appropriate one. Of a system of government in which the king is not an absolute sovereign, in which it is obvious that every citizen has the right to carry a weapon, in which – as in an American frontier throughout 200 years of the forming of the nation – anyone can go out and build a home for himself in a thinly populated area, to set up his own infrastructure and education, and to be connected to the people of Israel though "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose" (Deuteronomy, 16:16). We could have risen, make the security and economic issues private, non-political ones, and make ourselves priests and holy people, meditating on issues of substance, and being "a light to all the nations". "And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee." (Deuteronomy 28:10)
Instead, we made IDF our god, god that disappointed us in the next trial. The settlement and the security we delegated even farther to the government, we completely ignored the significance of our Jewishness (or, at most, cashed it into pork prohibition), and these days we preserve the achievements of the war through ceremonies and talk shows – the material gains have long been transferred into savings account.
We replaced the ideal of the Jewish state with the "peace" ideal. This ideal is easier to grasp, less demanding, centralized by definition, and by being untenable is also much more convenient for the present elites. We made an effort to establish our colonial status in the conquered territories (all of them, beginning in 1948), while we continue justifying our existence through the same mantras that were suited for the early days of our independence, and so turned any potential for a national enterprise into a governmental project, requiring a tender, and equality, and "minority rights". Any worthy idea is eventually limited to a paragraph in the government budget, and those dealing with it are busy fighting over crumbs under the table.
Written by Avner, translated by Alisa.