(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend a special ceremony Aug. 28 to mark 50 years since the Six-Day War and Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
The Samaria Regional Council organized the event, which will take place in the Barkan Industrial Park. The ceremony falls on the same day that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will embark on his first official visit to Israel and the disputed territories as the U.N.’s leader.
In addition to Netanyahu, Israeli officials planning to attend the Samaria ceremony include Likud party government ministers Yisrael Katz, Ofir Akunis, Gila Gamliel and Tzachi Hanegbi, as well as Jewish Home party ministers Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel.
Two weeks later, an official Israeli government ceremony marking the same events from 1967 will take place in the Kfar Etzion community Sept. 13.
In June, Netanyahu pledged to “preserve” and “strengthen” Israel’s settlement enterprise during a special ceremony at the Israeli Knesset marking the Gregorian calendar’s 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War.
At the Knesset session, Netanyahu called for unified support of Jewish communities in the territories where Israel won control during the 1967 war, including eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, and the Sinai Peninsula.