Combine the magical sites of the Holy Land with exploration of Israel's military success story and struggle for peace and security in the Middle East.
Amongst the many wonderful sites to be seen when touring the Holy Land, there are also numerous interesting military museums and sites that memorialize and observe the battle history of modern Israel. Amongst these are –
Ammunition Hill, which in the 1967 war was the place where a group of Israeli paratroopers battled against entrenched Jordanians in order to link the centre of Jerusalem with Mount Scopus; this resulted in the loss of 37 young soldiers. Visit the Museum and view the preserved trenches and fortifications from the actual battle.
Kibbutz Yad Mordechai is named after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising leader, Mordechai Anilewicz. During the 1948 War of Independence it was destroyed by the Egyptians but was rebuilt after a battle resulting in its recapture. There is a museum that is dedicated to the ghetto fighters and a scene reconstruction of the battle.
Further to the south outside Beer Sheva is the Israel Air Force Museum at the Hatzerim Air force base. There is an interesting outdoor display of fighter aircraft of all kinds and the actual Boeing 707 that was used during the raid on Entebbe. Some of the captured enemy aircraft can also be viewed. On special occasions air shows are conducted for visitors to the base.
The Armoured Corps Memorial Museum at Latrun houses one of the world’s most varied tank museums. It also has an interesting history. After being vacated by the British in 1948 the Jordanian Legion took control. Despite many unsuccessful attempts to capture it, the Israeli army finally succeeded in 1967 enabling a direct road to be built to Jerusalem.
The valley between Mount Bental and Mount Hermon has become known as “the valley of tears”. During the Yom Kippur War of 1973 one of history’s largest tank battles took place at Mount Bental. With 100 tanks and 60 artillery pcs, Israel faced a Syrian attack of 1500 tanks and 1,000 artillery pcs. After the battle Israel was left with 7 tanks but had managed to take out 600 Syrian tanks. Ultimately the Syrians retreated leaving Israel with heavy casualties. Today there is a monument commemorating the Israeli soldiers who fell in the battle and from this location there is an outstanding view of the Emek HaBakha (Valley of Tears)
We can arrange a tailor-made tour for your group that will include the religious sites of the Holy Land as well as military memorial sites and museums that tell the story of the history of Israel.