Israel's secret weapon in 1973: Diaspora Jews
Jewish volunteers helped farm the land and treated the wounded. Some still look back fondly.
Just days after Ed Zifkin dropped out of Michigan State University to take the first flight he could to Israel, to volunteer after a surprise attack that became known as the Yom Kippur War, he was waking at 5 A.M. to head to the fields of a kibbutz near the Gaza border where he would climb on a tractor and plant wheat until the sun went down.
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