Commemorating the Yom Kippur War – Yom Kippur 1973

Yom Kippur - the Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is most commonly associated with the image of a white clad rabbi swaying to and fro in prayer; the parched, dry aftertaste of fasting; and the sound of the cantor’s voice reciting a litany of sins and asking god to “… pardon us, forgive us, grant us remission”.  For me, Yom Kippur will always be associated with the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the voice of the cantor always mingles in my mind with the sharp, keening, wail of a siren.

I grew up in the heart of Tel-Aviv – the City that Never Stops. Only it does stop:  Once a year, Tel-Aviv, like the rest of Israel, shuts down its open markets, the cafes and restaurants, and all the traffic, to stand still before God on the Day of Judgment. Continue reading

Anxiety in Israel Mounts as Egypt New President is sworn in

Mohammed Morsi sworn is as Egyot President

The day after Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of Egypt’s elections, the Iranian news agency, Fars, published an interview where he  said he would  “reconsider the Camp David Accord” with Israel. A spokesman to the Egyptian presidency denied the interview had even been given. Yet, Mr. Morsi has never, to this day, expressed explicit commitment to the Camp David Peace Accord.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying: “Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability.”

This statement doesn’t capture the deep Israeli anxiety. Continue reading