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The cover to the weekend magazine section of the Jerusalem Post published Sept. 12. “A Battle of Survival,” is the headline. Click image to enlarge.
EIN HOD, Israel – While the rest of the world was watching Geneva and the Russian-American diplomatic dance this weekend, the land at the center of so much in the Middle East was marking a different – but historic – milestone.
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Exactly 40 years ago, on Yom Kippur 1973, Israel was surprised by an onslaught on two fronts: a massive force of 100,000 Egyptians crossed the Suez Canal to occupy parts of the Sinai Peninsula, while in the north Syrian tanks rolled across the Golan Heights, throwing the Israelis back from land they had conquered just six years previously.
The weekend edition of the Jerusalem Post (and subsequently, various television documentaries) devoted enormous resources to this topic, exploring it from various angles.
At least five articles – one on the front page, two on the opinion pages and two in the magazine section – were devoted to the war that almost destroyed this nascent nation four decades ago.
“A battle of survival,” is the headline on the magazine cover.