The walls of the Old City of Jerusalem were bathed in the blue and white of the Israeli flag on Saturday night, as Israel entered a week of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city.
The eve of May 23 marks the beginning of Jerusalem Day, which commemorates that capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, reuniting the city and bringing the Temple Mount and Western Wall back under Jewish control.
During Saturday night’s event, a sound and light show was projected onto the walls of the Old City, including the Israeli flag and iconic images from the war.
It’s the start of a busy week for the city, which is also bedecked in American flags as the country gears up to host US President Donald Trump, who is due on Monday.
There was hope that Trump might announce the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, or recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, during the visit, but recent indications point to him not fulfilling his campaign promises in en effort to get peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians back on track.
The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state.