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.

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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...