October 06, 2016

Today in History: Surprise attack on Israel initiates Yom Kippur War (1973)

John RobsonResident Historian

October 6 is the anniversary of the start of the “Yom Kippur War” that tells you all you need to know about the modern Middle East.

Everything from the genocidal intent to the inept execution to the support of Cuban and Soviet troops to the torture and murder of Israeli POWs to celebration of the defeat afterward in North Korean-designed facilities in Syria and Egypt.

Activists who can’t tell the good guys in this scenario are not making a mistake of fact or of logic but something far more sinister.

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commented 2016-10-12 02:17:55 -0400
My understanding is that Egypt and Syria mounted surprise attacks on Israeli forces that have been occupying the Egyptian Sinai peninsula and the Golan Heights respectively since 1967.
Egyptian initial advances were very successful, the impregnable Barlev line was overcome within hours and Egyptian forces poured into Sinai in heavy numbers.
Then Egypt, giddy with said initial success, stretched itself too thin thus exposing itself to a very successful Israeli counter attack.
An attack on Israeli occupied Arab territory. Territory which has since (in the case of Sinai) Been returned whole to Egypt. I wouldn’t call that an Attack on Israel.
commented 2016-10-07 17:28:17 -0400
Professor ROBSON , I couldn’t make it to your class two days ago so I caught it here on theREBEL
It was an enjoyable class , some facts I didn’t know , but thanks!
commented 2016-10-07 00:36:10 -0400
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people…
commented 2016-10-06 19:57:52 -0400
Excellent history lesson, John!
commented 2016-10-06 19:23:14 -0400
The Yom Kippur War was also when the regressives turned against Israel, because the slaughter of unarmed oympians by moslems the year before was noble.

Socialism = Anti-Semitism
commented 2016-10-06 19:08:48 -0400
I love your history posts, and never miss them. Thank you for your great efforts.
commented 2016-10-06 18:20:33 -0400
Glenn Craig, that was very appropriate. Let’s keep on praying it.
commented 2016-10-06 16:45:54 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM: 31,906 Attacks, 202,833 Killed, 284,120 Injured…. that we know of.
commented 2016-10-06 15:38:31 -0400
That war almost was a disaster. That is what happens when you trust the goodwill of your Muslim neighbours.
commented 2016-10-06 15:10:42 -0400
The Lord is the strength of my life….WHOM SHALL I FEAR
The Lord is my light and my salvation….OF WHOM SHALL I BE AFRAID
Mine enemies and them that hate me have raised their hands against me….and they have stumbled.