The Egyptian strategy in 1973 was sound, and it's attack plan well prepared and executed. The field performance of the army was typical. Had Egypt actually intended to roll into Israel the Israeli strategy would have been excellent. The road net would channelize the Egyptian forces allowing them to be defeated in detail as they arrived while being reduced by airpower on the way to the main line of resistance. The Yom Kippur War had huge importance. It shocked Israel breeding great insecurity, it was the last big war between Israel and Arab nations, and it decided the issue of Israel's survival. The cost was horrible for Israel. The Yom Kippur War also initiated the decline and disappearance of the Israeli left by discrediting the Labor Party's defense credibility. Given the diplomatic consequences of Israel striking first against Egypt in the Six Day War, the Meir government probably did the right thing by being prudent. Even Nixon was compelled to help Israel.
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