October Surprise

The Ultimate October Surprise

The ’73 War created the geopolitical conditions (and Israel’s sense of itself) that are with us to this day.
09/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The retelling of the history of the Yom Kippur War has taken many forms. In fact, that history — which began 40 years ago, on Oct. 6 — has as much to do with the implications of the war geopolitically, and with the ways in which Israelis reacted to the war, as with the narrative of the war itself.  Conventional wisdom has it that the Six-Day War in June 1967 was the turning point, not only in modern Israeli affairs, but in the international geopolitical arena as well. But in fact it was the October War that was the turning point for Israel, internally and internationally.

Arab soldiers surrender to Israelis during the ’73 War. Getty Images
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