Yom Kippur War as a case study: Intelligence and deterrence did not suffice
What tipped the balance against preemptive action on Yom Kippur in 1973 was not military information, but rather diplomatic, political and strategic considerations, recently declassified documents suggest.
One of the most fascinating moments in the deliberations of the Agranat Commission, which investigated events leading up to the Yom Kippur War and its first three days, came during the testimony of Brig. Gen. Israel Lior, Prime Minister Golda Meir’s military secretary. The testimony by Lior before the panel, like much of that heard by the commission, has only recently been declassified. It appears on the site of...
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