Applying lessons from the Yom Kippur War to today’s conflict with Iran

39 years to the Yom Kippur War – Oct 6, 1973

Yom Kippur War, 6 Oct 1973, resulted in a loss of more than 2297 lives

IDF chief in 2011 annual memorial service for Yom Kippur fallen Photo IDF Spokesperson Unit

There is an important lesson to be learned from the Yom Kippur War, a lesson that must be applied to the current conflict with Iran. While the US is an important ally of Israel, it is Israel’s prerogative, Israel’s duty to its citizens, to act on its own best interests, to make it own decisions. While the American approval is important, Israel must first and foremost make its own judgement call on how to defend itself and its citizens.This may sound obvious but this is not the way things played out during the Yom Kippur War. Continue reading

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