The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East
during this galvanizing account of the main dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who stated the clash for the Jerusalem submit, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Rabinovich’s masterly narrative starts as Israel convinces itself there'll be no battle, whereas Egypt and Syria plot the two-front clash. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring around the shattered Bar-Lev Line within the Sinai and during the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air strength couldn't cease them. at the Golan by myself, Syria despatched 1,460 tanks opposed to Israel’s 177, and a hundred and fifteen artillery batteries opposed to Israel’s eleven. And for the 1st time, footsoldiers wielding anti-tank guns have been in a position to cease tank fees, whereas surface-to-air missiles safe these troops from air attack
Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the internal sanctums of army and political selection making. He permits us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians at the run through the next Wednesday and the nice counterattack around the Suez Canal that, as soon as all started, took overseas intervention to halt.
Using broad interviews with either individuals and observers, and with entry to lately declassified fabrics, Rabinovich indicates that the drama of the struggle lay not just within the battles but in addition within the apocalyptic visions it prompted in Israel, the hopes and fears it encouraged within the Arab international, the heated conflicts on either side in regards to the behavior of the conflict, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A finished account of 1 of the pivotal conflicts of the 20 th century.
From the Hardcover edition.
All. Crossing Lexicon street, they discovered themselves in an Egyptian bivouac zone. It used to be empty yet drowsing luggage at the floor have been nonetheless hot. under 100 yards away, males have been hammering stakes into the floor for a tent encampment. Weisel and his deputy break up up and the 2 teams moved quickly ahead within the darkness. sunrise printed a barren region glistening with gossamer sheen. skinny, silvery advisor wires from Sagger missiles lay around the sand like spiderwebs. As they approached the foot of.
seemed from part streets and waved on the dust-covered automobiles, assuming they have been Syrian. Nafshi, dust-covered himself, waved again. rising from the built-up quarter, he took a cleared direction via an Israeli minefield that accredited an oblique method of the strongpoint. carefully riding into the compound, he observed that the exhausted infantrymen have been napping at their posts. because the war’s commence, the Israelis were struck through what they observed as a zombie-like implacability with which the.
quickly as hostilities are terminated to help in bringing a simply and lasting peace to the center East.” Ismail’s response to this measured flash of empathy used to be a call for participation to Kissinger to go to Egypt—this in the course of a warfare during which the us used to be offering palms to Egypt’s enemy and supplying it with its political backing. Sadat was once making his flow, a political circulate no much less audacious than his army move—turning from the include of the Soviets, on whose guns he was once dependent,.
Of the placement stated the possibility of the Egyptians and Syrians launching a warfare opposed to Israel used to be minimum. “Our evaluation is that the signals through Egypt and Syria are partially hooked up with maneuvers [as regards Egypt] and partially because of fears of offensive motion by way of Israel.” At 11:30 A.M., the generals briefed these cupboard contributors who have been in Tel Aviv. It was once made up our minds to not summon ministers dwelling in Jerusalem as a result of proximity of Yom Kippur, which might commence at sundown. Dayan and Zeira.
have been a simple assumption that intelligence would supply 5 or 6 days’ caution of conflict. this is able to have accredited complete mobilization and allowed time for gear to be positioned into right operating order and for the reservists to regulate to army mode. days’ caution was once the least anticipated, adequate for mobilization. the current scenario, simply part a day’s caution, was once anything he had by no means heavily proposal attainable. Zeira, who arrived at headquarters almost immediately after Elazar, used to be nonetheless.