Declassified Document Reveals Moshe Dayan Opposed pre-Yom Kippur War Call-up Due to Fears of U.S. Response

Document shows that the IDF, especially the Air Force, thought the cabinet would agree to a preemptive strike. But Defense Minister Dayan was against this option unless both intelligence assessments and troop movements warranted it.

On the morning of the day the Yom Kippur War broke out, October 6, 1973, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan opposed a general call-up of the reserves because of...