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.
Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, regrets shooting down the Turkish warplane a few days ago. According to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet he said on Tuesday,
I say 100 percent, I wish we did not shoot it down.
And how does he excuses his actions?
The plane used the corridor used by the Israeli planes three times in the past, We learned it was Turkish after we shot it down.
It seems like whenever an Arab leader is seeking to gain sympathy in the Arab world and the Muslim world at large he brings Israel into the picture. In the first gulf war when Saddam Hussein found himself isolated, he bombed Israel hoping to elicit counter attack and get Arab support. It didn’t work because Israel didn’t react but instead tolerated the wreck of homes, the disruption of life, and the casualties. Now Assad is experiencing trouble with turkey and again he uses Israel as an excuse.
Let’s hope it stops here, with words