By Abraham Rabinovich

During this galvanizing account of the main dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who suggested the clash for the Jerusalem put up, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative starts as Israel convinces itself there'll be no warfare, 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 one hundred 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 secure these troops from air attack

Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the internal sanctums of army and political choice making. He permits us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians at the run via 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 additionally within the apocalyptic visions it prompted in Israel, the hopes and fears it encouraged within the Arab global, 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 complete account of 1 of the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century.

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The worst factor is the reporting from the field,” Elazar advised the cupboard Saturday evening. “It retains altering forever. First they are saying the enemy is right here, then they are saying he isn’t. We’re attempting to grope our manner in the course of the fog of warfare. ” the manager of employees must come to a decision prior to sunrise which entrance used to be extra needy of the 2 robust tools that have been his to allocate—the air strength and a reserve armored department commanded via Gen. Moshe (Moussa) Peled. The impact received through the early a part of the evening was once that the Syrian force had slowed whereas the Egyptians have been making speedy headway. It used to be hence made up our minds to unharness the air strength opposed to the Egyptian missiles within the morning. Elazar had deliberate to ship Moussa Peled’s department to Sinai besides sooner than Hofi begun signaling misery. The department constituted the most common employees reserve. Its project affected not only the Egyptian and Syrian fronts however the Jordanian entrance in addition. The department used to be assembling in camps at the West financial institution and was once the significant strength that may meet an assault from Jordan if King Hussein made up our minds to hitch within the struggle. Elazar summoned Lieutenant Colonel Keniezer, the pinnacle of AMAN’s Jordanian table, to invite his appraisal of the king’s intentions. Keniezer believed the king wouldn't assault around the Jordan River and thereby open his state, undefended via SAMs, to the wrath of the Israeli air strength. Accepting this appraisal, which echoed his personal, Elazar ordered Peled’s department north, leaving the Jordanian entrance nearly bare. It used to be, he said, a high-risk gamble, yet within the situations each flow used to be a big gamble. in the meantime, he ordered Hofi to evacuate endangered infantry strongpoints and to arrange a fallback line close to the sting of the Golan plateau. Summoned Saturday evening to a gathering of the entire cupboard, the executive of employees tried to calm the ministers’ nerves. This was once the 1st time, he stated, that the IDF was once venture a shielding conflict. “We understand how to do it from the books yet we’ve by no means truly performed it prior to. we need to concurrently block and mass forces and basically afterwards cross over to the assault. ” The blockading degree used to be going “reasonably well,” he stated. Dayan additionally attempted to be positive. The difficulty must have bottomed out by way of the following day, while the reserves started to succeed in the battlefield, he stated. yet he couldn't keep away from pointing to a risk that lay past the horizon. If Syria and Egypt seem to be successful, he acknowledged, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon may perhaps input the battle. Commanding a reserve tank brigade assembling on the foot of the Golan used to be Col. Ori Orr, who had back from a year’s research within the usa simply months sooner than. The thirty-four-year-old colonel had by no means ahead of commanded reservists and had no longer been obsessed with the possibility of best a suite of paunchy infantrymen with civilian mind-sets into conflict. notwithstanding, he had obtained a tender brigade, so much of whose participants had entire normal carrier in simple terms or 3 years ahead of. The brigade’s mobilization base have been moved through the summer season from the other finish of the Galilee, a shift that kept worthy hours now.

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