By Howard Blum
On October 6, 1973вЂ”Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendarвЂ”the Arab international introduced a daring and ingeniously conceived shock assault opposed to Israel. After 3 days of excessive, bloody strive against, an unprepared Israel was once struggling with for survival, whereas the Arabs, with large forces remaining in at the Jewish heartland, have been poised to redeem the consideration misplaced in 3 earlier wars.
Based on declassified Israeli executive files and revealing interviews with squaddies, generals, and intelligence operatives on each side of the clash, The Eve of Destruction weaves a suspenseful, eye-opening tale of battle, politics, and deception. It additionally tells the relocating human story of the lads and ladies who fought to keep up love and honor as their lives and destinies have been swept up within the Yom Kippur warfare.
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In all the tumult, with all the crowd of well-wishers, his absence went unnoticed. Still, his ties to both families were old, and affecting. He had stolen guns from British army camps scattered across the Mandate territory with Nati’s father in the Palmach days. Then he had fought alongside Yossi’s father, quite possibly with those very Bren guns, in the battle for Jerusalem during the War of Independence. When peace came, his wife was one of Michael Ben Hanan’s algebra students. Yet two days before the wedding, a cable arrived at an ofﬁce in Herzliyya, north of Tel Aviv.
A calculated risk, rather than a quixotic gamble” was how he described his strategy for winning the next war. But he did not dare share it. His brieﬁng remained locked in his mind. Who in the High Command would listen to, let alone support, a low-ranking paratroop ofﬁcer’s call for a limited, defensive war? He would be accused of cowardice, if not treason. Then on the morning of May 15, 1971, an excited aide hurried into his small ofﬁce. The president’s secretary had called. Anwar elSadat wanted to see him tomorrow afternoon in Cairo.
Her love was justiﬁed. A single word leaped up in her mind: destiny. But still this would not do. She refused to accept so passive an acquiescence. ” she asked, full of innocent wonder. Yossi fell to one knee. He took her hand, cradling it in his. ” She kissed his lips, and he held her. A long moment of complete stillness ﬁlled the night. The silence deepened, and stretched taut between them. When she ﬁnally spoke, it was a single word, as solemn and serious as a vow. “Yes,” she said. Later that night, they sorted through the practicalities.
The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War by Howard Blum