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40 years after Yom Kippur War, Israel reflects
Sep 16th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Media analyze

historical record on

notable anniversary

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.
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.


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Israelis urged to relax over the holiday (with video)

LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF AT THIS ‘BRIT-COM’ FROM OZ
Since the Israeli defense minister on Tuesday urged the country to relax and enjoy the Rosh Hashanah holiday which begins at sunset this evening, we thought we would take a break from the all-Syria-all-the-time news this morning.
For your amusement we bring you an item courtesy of Tropfest, Australia, which bills itself as “the world’s largest short film festival.”
Written produced and directed by Marie Patane, the description is a bit tongue-in-cheek (no spoiler, this)!
“One man’s faith in the medical profession is about to be ‘sorely’ tested.”
Laugh your ass off, indeed.


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EXCLUSIVE: ‘If Obama strikes Syria, 100,000 missiles could rain down on Israel’ (with video)

PREPARATIONS BEING MADE FOR GAS ATTACK
Israel – alas – is used to violent conflict, both within its borders and in the neighboring countries.
Perhaps this is why the entire country is calm but deliberately planning for the worst but hoping for the best.
From all signs, there is no panic; more just a resignation that continuation of a 5,000-year-old conflict is inevitable.
But the calculations of U.S. policy makers must take into account the potential of any military strike against Syria to have adverse unintended consequences for the Jewish state.

Due to the Labor Day weekend in the U.S. posting will be light over the next few days. We deserve a break from our labors! Don’t you?


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MIDDLE-FINGER SALUTE: Challenges mount to US leadership

AMERICA’S GLOBAL INFLUENCE WANES ALONG WITH ITS MORAL AUTHORITY
Domestically and internationally, it is becoming ever more clear to growing numbers of people that the US has lost the moral authority to claim leadership of the free world.
Not even Jeb Bush wants anything to do with his brother’s legacy. Its no wonder the US ability to influence global events is at its lowest ebb in generations. It is setting an example few should want to emulate.
We should not be surprised that America’s interests are playing second fiddle to those of dictator-wannabees like Russia’s Putin and religious zealots like King Salman.


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Spying on friends, charities doesn’t deter terrorism

LATEST DISCLOSURES WEAKEN CASE FOR MASS SURVEILLANCE
Through his disclosures, Edward Snowden has not only gotten the attention of President Obama, but other world leaders and countless millions who use electronic communications.
He has attained what he said he wanted: a major public discussion at the highest levels about a hugely important issue.
Congratulations.
He deserves to be heralded as the most influential person of 2013.


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Obama’s choice of diplomacy over war carries grave risk

PERCEPTION OF US STENGTH AS ALLY IN MIDDLE EAST SUFFERS AGAIN
The deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions overshadowed, for most part, the Monday announcement that a new attempt would be made to convene peace talks on Syria.
But the two are inextricably intertwined.
President Obama has pivoted away from belligerence and that is admirable. But the cost to America’s ability to influence events in the turbulent Middle East is still unfolding.
With the response in Jerusalem and Riyadh, it has seemingly suffered another decline.


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Syria conflict morphs into proxy war for outsiders

TANGLED WEB ENSNARES FIGHTERS FROM MANY COUNTRIES
It is becoming increasingly clear that the conflict in Syria can no longer be seen purely as a civil war, and its effects are dramatically spilling over into neighboring countries.
What seems to be emerging is an alignment of combatants with either the Shiite regime in Iran or the Sunnis in Saudi Arabia, both of which have deep pockets and the willingness to spend vast sums to further their disparate goals.
The Syrian battlefield is becoming a war-by-proxy between the region’s two most powerful players.


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New developments imperil Iran nuclear talks

ISRAEL, SAUDI COOPERATION COMPLICATES CHANCE OF DEAL
With negotiations set to resume in Geneva on Wednesday over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, ominous developments mostly behind the scenes have enormously complicated any chances of a settlement.
The current compromise has the potential to divide America from some of its staunchest allies in the Middle East, and needs to be approached with extreme caution in case it backfires in ways not yet imagined that could change the balance of terror in the volatile region and actually increase the chance of a nuclear conflict.


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US foreign policy stalled on many fronts

INITIATIVES THREATENED BY DOMESTIC, FOREIGN OPPOSITION
Top of the agenda American foreign policy initiatives are, at best, stalled. At worst, they are threatened by opposition both at home and abroad.`
To anyone following these different threads, it is quite apparent that American foreign policy is embattled on many fronts.
It is emblematic of the problems the US faces in trying to influence events all over the world in the face of its declining willingness to go to the mat over issues of vital national interest.
It remains to be seen if any of these stalled initiatives can be turned around.


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BOMBSHELL: Saudi Arabia could get nukes before Iran

BBC REPORTS ATOMIC WEAPONS READY FOR SHIPPING FROM PAKISTAN
In a stunning development that could change the balance of terror in the Middle East – and the world – it was reported that Saudi Arabia might be able to get atomic weapons before Iran.
While this development has drawn little attention in the U.S., it has received considerable play abroad, especially in Israel.
A Saudi Arabia with immediate access to atomic weapons would enormously complicate the delicate balance of terror in the Middle East and the world. It is a game changer, and deserves far more attention.


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