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On May 13, 1948, a day before the state of Israel was proclaimed, the Haganah launched Operation Shfifon (Hebrew: מבצע שפיפון‎, lit. Operation Cerastes Cerastes) with the aim of capturing the British outposts in the Old City of Jerusalem and preventing the Arab forces from taking control of them first.

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Coordinates: 31°46′33.77″N 35°13′52.94″E / 31.7760472°N 35.2313722°E / 31.7760472; 35.2313722

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