Israel a ``small friendly country''
``We can't negotiate about the existence of Israel,'' then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told his Iraqi counterpart in a rare high-level meeting, ``but we can reduce its size to historical proportions.''
Henry Kissinger was the American Secretary of State for Nixon, during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria on Yom Kippur, when most Israelis were fasting and praying. There was no build up to it, unlike the stressful month before the 1967 Six Days War.
The Israeli Security and "Information" experts ignored the first few warning signs, confident that the "Arabs wouldn't dare" and also counting on the United States to inform Israel of any real threats and dangers. As a result, the army was totally unprepared and the existence of the State of Israel was in mortal danger.
Deep in my guts and heart, I feel that our victory in the Yom Kippur War was far greater than in the Six Days War.
It brought back a story I heard from a reliable source a few years ago:
Suddenly, late summer, 1973, large numbers of American soldiers based in Europe was ordered to prepare for a "desert war." Then they stayed on high alert until...
...yes, you guessed it, after Israel was victorious.
Shavua Tov and Chodesh Tov