IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM

"The Six-Day War Revealed"

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(BBB, CCC, PP, VV, M) Very strong biblical and Judeo-Christian worldview about the Six-Day War in the Middle East in 1967, stressing self-sacrifice, courage and bravery, treating your enemy with respect, with prayer and Bible verses included throughout; no foul language; strong and light battle re-enactments include soldiers being shot, sometimes wounds are shown with blood, dead bodies are seen, intense conflict, bombs and explosions occur; no sexual content; no nudity; no smoking; no alcohol; and, implied suicide.

Summary:

IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM is a terrific, fascinating docudrama from CBN about the Six-Day War in the Middle East between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria, being released on the 50th Anniversary. IN OUR HANDS is a very engaging documentary with strong Christian and Biblical moments, though some battle violence requires caution for older children.

Review:

IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM is a terrific and fascinating docudrama from CBN about the Six-Day War in the Middle East involving Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan being released on its 50th Anniversary.

The documentary sets up the struggle of the nation of Israel in the 20th Century, nearly being wiped from existence in the Old City of Jerusalem. In May of 1967, the Arab nations of Egypt, Jordan and Syria joined forces with the goal of completely decimating Israel. With Egypt moving nearly 100,000 troops to the Sinai Peninsula, and Jordan mobilizing on the West Bank, Israel faces the pressure, especially when Israel’s one and only official ally, France, leaves Israel. Outmanned and outgunned, after a three-week period of waiting with no signs up the Arab nations backing down, Israel initiates the war with a surprising air strike against Egypt’s air force. The surprise strike is a big success, but it’s merely the beginning of the war.

Following the airstrike, tense conflict begins on the ground between Israel and Jordanian troops. In many battles, the Israeli troops are outnumbered, yet through strategic fighting, they win over important sites around the city. As Israel’s dominance in the war becomes clearer, and a ceasefire from the United Nations is expected, the leaders of Israel decide to take the Old City of Jerusalem, an ancient and extremely important part of Israel’s history, which had been under the rule of mostly Christian Arabs and some Muslim Arabs for centuries.

IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM tells the story from the perspective of the Israeli 55th Paratrooper Brigade. It includes interviews with the actual soldiers and re-enacted dramatizations of the battle, shot on the actual battlefields of the war. The documentary holds the viewers attention from beginning to end, and the re-enacted scenes for the most part are very well made, with the exception of a few scenes with weak acting. The history is very important, and avoids political correctness and falsehoods perpetuated by the left surrounding the events.

IN OUR HANDS has a strong Biblical worldview emphasizing self-sacrifice, bravery and courage. Even respecting one’s enemy is promoted in a scene where Israeli troops hold a memorial for Jordanian soldiers. Later, they exchange war stories with the very troops they were fighting. The movie ends with a verse from Zachariah in the Bible.
While the re-enactments are tastefully done, there is some violence, including soldiers being shot, dead bodies shown, explosions, and some blood. There’s also an implied suicide. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children, Otherwise, IN OUR HANDS is essential viewing.

In Brief:

IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM is a terrific and fascinating docudrama from CBN about the Six-Day War in the Middle Easter between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 1967, being released on its 50th Anniversary. The documentary sets up Israel’s struggles in the 20th Century, nearly being wiped from existence several times. In May of 1967, the Arab nations of Egypt, Jordan and Syria joined forces with the goal of completely decimating Israel. Little did the Arab nations know of the Israel’s resolve to fight back.
IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM tells the story from the perspective of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade. It includes interviews with the actual soldiers and re-enacted dramatizations of the battle, shot on the actual battle fields of the war. The documentary holds the viewer’s attention from beginning to end. For the most part, the re-enacted scenes are very well done. IN OUR HANDS has a strong redemptive biblical worldview stressing self-sacrifice, bravery and courage. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children because of some battle violence. Otherwise, IN OUR HANDS is essential viewing.