Telegram to Yitzhak Rabin About Israel's Conquest of Sinai in Six-Day War Goes Up for Auction

'Happy to announce that all our forces are encamped on the banks of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula is in our hands. Congratulations to you and to the entire IDF'

Yitzhak Rabin with other IDF officers during the 1967 Six Day War.
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The telegram informing Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin that the Israeli army had conquered the Sinai Peninsula in the Six-Day War, 50 years ago, was put up for auction on Thursday, the war’s 50th anniversary.

The catalog published by the Kedem Public Auction House in Jerusalem asks $500 (about 1,750 shekels) for the telegram sent on June 9, 1967 by Maj. Gen. Yeshayahu Gavish, head of Southern Command, to Rabin. The sale is scheduled for the end of the month.

Gavish wrote in the telegram: “Happy to announce that all our forces are encamped on the banks of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula is in our hands. Congratulations to you and to the entire IDF.”

The co-founder of Kedem Auction House, Meron Eren, told Haaretz the telegram is the original document sent to Rabin, not a copy. As usual, no details were given about where the telegram had come from, its seller’s identity and how the auction house had come by it.

Another historic document up for auction is the first IDF order issued in the West Bank and Gaza after Israel conquered them. The order, published by “the IDF commander” in the West Bank in Hebrew and Arabic on the war’s third day, June 7, 1967, consists of eight clauses establishing military rule in the occupied territories.