Preempting the preemptive strike
Many Israelis maintain the mistaken assumption that if only a preemptive strike had been carried out on the afternoon of Yom Kippur in 1973, developments on the ground would have been completely different.
Thirty-nine years ago today, October 7, was one of the fateful days of the Yom Kippur War. It was the day the war, which had started the day before, did not end. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had crossed the Suez Canal on Saturday, October 6, placed his country's flag on the eastern bank and was willing to make do with that. The next day, in a message to Washington via Iran, he proposed to cease and desist and...
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