By Abraham Rabinovich
During this galvanizing account of the main dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who pronounced the clash for the Jerusalem publish, 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 warfare, 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 by myself, Syria despatched 1,460 tanks opposed to Israel’s 177, and a hundred and 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 internal 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 all started, took overseas intervention to halt.
Using huge interviews with either individuals and observers, and with entry to lately declassified fabrics, Rabinovich indicates that the drama of the battle lay not just within the battles but additionally within the apocalyptic visions it prompted in Israel, the hopes and fears it encouraged within the Arab global, the heated conflicts on either side in regards to the behavior of the struggle, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A finished account of 1 of the pivotal conflicts of the 20 th century.
From the Hardcover edition.