Australia PM in Israel to mark WWI Battle of Beer Sheva

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🇦🇺 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy, who have come to Israel in the framework of the event to mark the 100th anniversary of the WWI battle for Be’er Sheva.

In the battle on October 31, 1917, Australia’s 4th Light Horse regiment staged an audacious frontal assault on Ottoman trenches.

The London Australian War Memorial narrates the battle on its website.

“The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on November 7 and advance into Palestine,” it says.

The Battle of Be’er Sheva was “a moment in history of an extraordinary significance, one of those turning points, one of those pivotal moments in history when Australians and New-Zealanders, their Light Horse Brigades swept through the Middle East and liberated Palestine and indeed Syria, all the way up to Damascus, Jerusalem and Damascus…

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