With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War upon us — and with Middle Eastern affairs continuing to dominate headlines — there’s a new docudrama that tells the story behind the formation of modern-day Israel like never before.
“In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” which airs in theaters nationwide for a one-night only event on May 23, recounts the historical Six-Days War battle, while explaining its purported role in biblical prophecy.
The film, which was produced by CBN Documentaries, tells the story of the conflict between Israel and her neighbors that unfolded from June 5–10, 1967 — a battle that involved Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
“For centuries, their nation had been in exile. For a generation, they had been without access to their ancestral city,” a description of the film reads. “For six days, surrounded by enemies, Israel stood alone … and changed history.”
Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told Faithwire that he has two key hopes surrounding the movie’s impact: for the film to point people toward God and to start a conversation about Middle Eastern foreign policy.
“If you want to prove the existence of God, look to Israel,” Robertson said. “The number of prophesies of the return of the Jews to the land and the restoration of the land … how children will once again play in the street of Jerusalem … all of these prophecies were fulfilled either in 1948 or 1967.”
He also said that he hopes to spark a conversation about Israel’s role in foreign affairs, noting that Israeli culture has survived thousands of years, with 2,000 of those years unfolding with the Jews outside of their homeland.
“That in and of itself is a miracle,” he said. “[I want to] start a conversation about current foreign policy regarding the Middle East and the need for the world to recognize that Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.”
Robertson discussed President Donald Trump’s pledge to recognize Jerusalem as the capital — something that has yet to come to fruition. The location of the U.S. embassy in Israel — which is currently in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem — has long been a point of contention.
Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, while Palestine also envisions the city being the capital of its own prospective future state. While a U.S. law passed in 1995 called for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, the past three presidents have enacted waivers to delay such a move, citing security concerns, as CNN reported.
Robertson said he is “concerned” over claims that there is division in the Trump administration over how to proceed, despite the president’s past campaign promises on the matter.
As for “In Our Hands,” Robertson told Faithwire that the impetus for his interest in creating the docudrama dates back decades to his father, Pat Robertson, sitting the family down to show them where the Bible prophesied that Israel would recapture Jerusalem.
Robertson said he went to the Western Wall himself back in 1969 to pray and saw firsthand the joy that the Jewish people were experiencing after taking back Jerusalem. That’s a tradition that he has carried on with his own children.
“Each of my children, when they turn 12, I’ve taken them to Jerusalem,” he said. “We’ve prayed together at the Western Wall and then I baptize them in the Jordan River.”
Flash-forward to two years ago and Robertson said the path was set to bring the Six-Day War story to the big screen, explaining that he and his team spoke with actual soldiers who fought in the battle with Jerusalem and integrated their stories into the film.
But they didn’t stop there, taking other steps to integrate real-life circumstances into the docudrama.
“All the dialogue in the movie is based on either the recollections of the soldiers or what they wrote down in their diaries,” he said. “We don’t invent any dialogue in the film.”
In the end, Robertson believes “In Our Hands” offers something that can truly enrich the understanding of its viewers.
“You’ll get the history of the Six-Day War from the point of view of the men who fought the war,” he said. “You need to have this history in order to understand these headlines.”
Find out more about the film here.
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