The Israel Film Service Collection

This Week 25 Years Ago, Episode 26

15 Minutes, 1973
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Directed by: Igal Bursztyn
Production:Ilan Levin
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Oded Hornik, Balman Alex
Narrator: Ram Evron
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A 35 episode documentary TV series created by the Israeli Film Service. The script follows a week by week account of events in the 1948 war starting with the 1947 UN resolution on the Partition Plan for Palestine and concluding with Israel’s first Defense Forces Parade, on July 27, 1948.
During the twenty-sixth week of the war, the Haganah attempts to block the invasion of Arab armies from the north, east, and south. Jerusalem is besieged and the soldiers of the Jordanian Legion shell the city non-stop to break the spirit of the city’s residents and hasten its downfall. Operation Bin Nun Alef, aiming to capture Latrun from the Arab Legion, fails, but an alternative attempt to conquer the villages of Beit Jiz and Beit Susin a day later succeed, enabling the army to establish an alternative route to Jerusalem from Kiryat Anavim through Hulda. This route, known as the “Burma Road”, bypasses the Latrun checkpoint and traverses the no-man’s land between the Israeli forces and the forces of the Arab Legion. The convoys of jeeps make the run on the new route every night for about three weeks, but when the first truce comes into effect their role ends. In the north, the occupation of the Western Galilee is completed, blocking the invasion of the Syrian army, but in the south, the Egyptian army occupies Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, whose children are evacuated. On May 31, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF, or “tzahal”) was established.

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