Yom Kippur War

Still Hurting And Healing

The heroic brigade that saved Israel in ’73, and then split it.

10/01/2013
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If Israel had a Churchill he would have said of the IDF’s Brigade 55, “Never did so many owe so much to so few.” These “few” (some 2,500 soldiers) liberated Jerusalem and the Old City in 1967. These same men crossed the Suez Canal in 1973, cutting off the Egyptian Third Army in the counter-attack that saved Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Then they led Israel into the great internal wars of recent decades: Some of the soldiers founded Peace Now, others, the settlers’ group, Gush Emunim.

Halevi’s book chronicles the lives of soldiers who fought in the ’67 and ’73 wars.

The Ultimate October Surprise

The ’73 War created the geopolitical conditions (and Israel’s sense of itself) that are with us to this day.

10/01/2013
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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

Tim Boxer At Bet El Yeshiva Dinner

12/17/2012

The crowd roared when Michele Bachmann proclaimed that the northern Samarian town of Bet El “must remain and always will remain a part of Israel.”

Most of the 1,000 guests at the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center’s 30th annual dinner, last week at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, continued to applaud vociferously as the Minnesota congresswoman and wannabe Republican presidential candidate expressed her robust support for Israel’s future.

Michele Bachmann, center, with Jean and Eugen Gluck at the Bet El dinner. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Israel Fires On Syrian Troops In Golan Heights

11/12/2012

Israel fired an anti-tank missile at a Syrian military mortar crew after it fired a mortar shell that landed near an Israeli town in the Golan Heights.

Monday's incident marks the second time that Israel has fired on Syrian territory since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The shell is believed to have been aimed at rebel forces in the Syrian civil war. There were no injuries.

The Israel Defense Forces filed a complaint over the incident with the relevant United Nations forces operating in the area.

Challenging Ourselves To Consider 'The Other'

05/22/2012

When it comes to addressing the Israeli/Palestinian relationship, it is time for the American Jewish community to take Hillel’s injunction, a pragmatic progenitor of The Golden Rule, more seriously. By challenging ourselves to examine our words and actions from the perspective of “the Other” we might be better equipped to act with the compassion God demands of us.

Obama: A Second Truman?

In an early election-season speech, in a campaign that finds the presidential incumbent often under attack as – at best – lukewarm to the interests of Israel, Vice President Biden delivered what he considered a knockout punch last week.

President Obama, Biden declared during a speech at New York University marking Israel’s 64th anniversary, is second only to the commander-in-chief widely considered the Jewish State’s best friend ever in the White House.

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