On October 10th, 1956, a commando unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a reprisal attack on the Jordanian police station in the nearby town of Kalkilya, immediately across the border. This followed repeated Fedayeen infiltrations into Israel, with civilian casualties killed by the infiltrators (the last two casualties before this operation were killed while working in an orange grove). The Kalkilya operation exacted a heavy toll: 18 IDF soldiers were killed.
The battle monument was erected on the main street in eastern Kefar Sava, overlooking Kalkilya.
The fallen soldiers' names are engraved on a large granite rock. Memorial ceremonies are periodically held here.
Kefar Sava's ancient history goes back to the Roman period, although little is known about it.
A small archaeological park is located in the Geller Park in an eastern neighborhood of Kefar Sava. It does not contain any Roman-period exhibits, but a few remnants from the Byzantine period and others from a local Arab village.
The exhibits were arranged and reconstructed so that the visitor can get an idea about certain aspects of ancient life; the most prominent exhibit is a carefully reconstructed olive-oil press, made of wood and of stone. All the items can be viewed from an elevated boardwalk which goes through the park.
On a grass-covered hill In the Geller Park, in a residential neighborhood in east Kefar Sava, the prominent landmark on top of the hill is a metal monument sharply pointed at the sky.
This is a memorial to the battle on Kefar Sava in Israel's 1948 War of Independence.
The battle was fought by the Alexandroni brigade, which was made up of the local inhabitants of towns and villages in the Sharon region. It took place on May 14th, 1948, one day before the declaration of the independent State of Israel, and therefore it was named "Mivtza Medina", or "Operation Statehood". Twenty eight young men gave their lives in this battle, and the monument was erected in their memory.
Today this hill is a peaceful green park, birds are chirping in the trees and children are happily playing in the playground nearby. The stark metal monument is a reminder of past events, and makes you appreciate the peace and quiet all the more.