THE WORLD 1973: Black October Old Enemies At War Again: Yom Kippur War

Black October: Old Enemies at War Again

The sirens began to wail while all Israel was observing Yom Kippur, the holiest and also the quietest day of the Jewish year. By tradition, tens of thousands of servicemen were home on leave; Israeli Broadcasting had shut down for the day. As crowds of worshipers emerged from synagogues at the end of the five-hour-long morning services of atonement, they found the streets filled with speeding trucks, buses and Jeeps. By late afternoon, virtually every Israeli—and much of the rest of the world as well—knew that what Defense Minister Moshe Dayan defiantly...

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