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The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East

By Abraham Rabinovich

During this galvanizing account of the main dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who said the clash for the Jerusalem put up, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative starts off as Israel convinces itself there'll be no conflict, whereas Egypt and Syria plot the two-front clash. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring around the shattered Bar-Lev Line within the Sinai and during the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air strength couldn't cease them. at the Golan on my own, Syria despatched 1,460 tanks opposed to Israel’s 177, and one hundred fifteen artillery batteries opposed to Israel’s eleven. And for the 1st time, footsoldiers wielding anti-tank guns have been in a position to cease tank fees, whereas surface-to-air missiles secure these troops from air attack

Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the interior sanctums of army and political selection making. He permits us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians at the run through the subsequent Wednesday and the nice counterattack around the Suez Canal that, as soon as began, took foreign intervention to halt.

Using broad interviews with either members and observers, and with entry to lately declassified fabrics, Rabinovich indicates that the drama of the warfare lay not just within the battles but in addition within the apocalyptic visions it brought on in Israel, the hopes and fears it encouraged within the Arab international, the heated conflicts on either side in regards to the behavior of the warfare, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A accomplished account of 1 of the pivotal conflicts of the 20 th century.

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