1948: The Capture of Beer Sheva

October 21, 1948: At four in the morning, Israeli troops attack the fortified positions of the Egyptians outside of Beer Sheva (a/k/a Beersheba).  The Egyptians are taken by surprise since they did not know that the Israelis had opened the road to the Negev two days earlier.  The Egyptians surrendered and the ancient place to which Abraham returned after “the binding of Isaac” was in Jewish hands.

The stamp pictured today, featuring the Beer Sheva Coat of Arms, was issued by Israel Post in March 1965 as part of its Town Emblems series.

beer sheva coat of arms

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