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Israel and Yom Kippur

by Oui Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 06:14:40 PM EST

Security at last ...

The last Great War that threatened the existence of the Jewish State in 1973 ... Egypt's president Anwar Sadat traveled to Jerusalem to give peace a chance. This led to the first true peace accords with a neighboring Arab state.

    Before King Farouk cofounded the Arab League in 1945 and the seizure of power by Gamal Abdeel Nasser in 1954, the vast majority of Egyptians never identified as Arab, even though they speak Arabic.

    Pharaonism was the most common form of Egyptian Nationalism that emphasized Egypt's Pre Islamic past and argued that Egyptians culturally closer to the Mediterranean region and emphasized the importance of Nile River. Both Muslims and Christians, and even Egyptian Jews were united by a common Egyptian identity and shared a common goal of driving out both the Turks and British.

President was assassinated by terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood with a role for Ayman al-Zawahiri, later the co-founder of Al Qaeda with OBL, son of a Saudi building contractor.

First visit of an Israeli sitting Prime Minister to Egypt in ten years

Developments Arab Spring Egypt's Revolt Explained | @EuroTrib - Aug. 2013 |

Netanyahu fought for a false security by humiliating the Palestinian people, scrapping the Oslo Accords, thousands op Palestinians in administrative detention, torture and arresting children of any age.

Not a single US President was even-handed towards the Palestinians and Israel's illegal settlement expansion from the Green Line towards the Jordan river was never halted. The military arms and support of $3.5bn was never conditional. Ahead of the 2004 Presidential election George Bush promised the Palestinians independence by he end of 2005.

Netanyahu held secret talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and were close to a peace agreement and a deal over the Syrian Golan Heights by the end of 2010.

The former president will be eternally glorified by Israeli leadership for offering the Golan Heights, and for Morocco he offered acceptance the Western Sahara as its territory. Neglecting international treaties, UN Security Council binding resolutions. Donald was disappointed Denmark wasn't willing to sell the vast emptiness of Greenland.

The Biden administration accepts the agreements made by the former ...

Blinken to honor Abraham Accords meeting with Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Morocco ministers | ToI |

Netanyahu is gone ... or is he?

Trump, has his devilish influence evaporated or will the kid make a comeback in 2024 to get his revenge for traitors to his cause.

And there is still an opportunity beyond Iraq and Saudi Arabia ...

How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy and Its Hope for the Future: A Personal Perspective | Peace Now Canada |

Admiral (res.) Ami Ayalon is a former director of the Shin Bet (Israel's security service), commander of the Israeli Navy, government minister and member of Knesset (Labour). He recently co-authored Friendly Fire: How Israel Became its Own Worst Enemy and the Hope for its Future. This is a memoir of Ayalon's journey towards becoming a strong voice for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and his analysis of the barriers impeding peace. He critiques self-defeating policies that have undermined Israel's civil society while heaping humiliation upon its Palestinian neighbours.

The book discusses what Israel must do to achieve relative peace and security and to sustain itself as a Jewish homeland and liberal democracy.

Ayalon converses with  with guest host Jim Torczyner, founder and former director of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building (now called the International Community and Action Network).

None of your sources seem to be aware of the Kipnis book, that, with detailed references to the sources, changes the story completely. The Egyptians had made a detailed peace offer (not that different from the final one), but the only ones that knew about it where Kissinger, Rabin (the ambassador), Meir, Dayan and Galili. None of these informed the Chief of Staff or the Head of Intelligence (in case they might pressure them to negotiate?) and the deadline for responding to the Egyptians was the end of September. Had the military known of this, they might have interpreted the military actions differently.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 06:37:41 AM EST
Golda Meir resigned after an inquiry into the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The political leadership was to blame. Even as Egypt's president Sadat was flying into Israel, the Israelis were suspicious it may be a trick, a modern day Trojan Horse and were on full military alert. 😄 Egypt 🇪🇬 Israel 🇮🇱

Golda Meir: 'My heart was drawn to a preemptive strike, but I was scared' | ToI - Sept. 13, 2013 |

Intelligence Failure or Paralysis?

On February 21, a Libyan passenger plane passed through the Egyptian air-defense lines and flew in the direction of Israel's secret installations in Sinai, and the air force brought it down. Then, in April, an Israeli operation against top terrorist commanders in the heart of Beirut rattled the Middle East, and in August, Israel forced a Lebanese passenger plane en route from Beirut to Baghdad to land in a military airfield, mistakenly believing terrorist leader George Habash was on board. All those events incurred an Israeli moral political debt to the United States, which time and again had to pull its chestnuts out of the fire.

Final report USS Stark and shooting down Iran's passenger airliner flight IR655 above the Persian Gulf (1987)

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 07:36:09 AM EST
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Golda Meir resigned after an inquiry into the 1973 Yom Kippur War.


Biden was elected President  after an inquiry into the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Also true.

Your statement implies (even it it doesn't make explicitly make such a claim) that this she resigned because of the inquiry. But the inquiry only looked at the military aspects, not the political ones. By intent - this was already controversial at the time.

Golda Meir: 'My heart was drawn to a preemptive strike, but I was scared'

According to Kipnis, this was one of the conditions that Kissinger gave for not pressuring them to negotiate with the Egyptians.

Israel forced a Lebanese passenger plane en route from Beirut to Baghdad to land in a military airfield,

Why is this pure evil when Belarus does it? Because they had better intelligence?

On February 21, a Libyan passenger plane passed through the Egyptian air-defense lines and flew in the direction of Israel's secret installations in Sinai, and the air force brought it down.

According to Kipnis (as usual) the Egyptians frustrated Libyan attempts at vengeance to avoid a wave of sympathy for Israel when Egypt started a war to get back their territory. The PR aspect was a key aspect of the Egyptian strategy, so that as many countries as possible (even Cuba!) would break off relations with Israel. Egypt had lent a submarine to Libya who planned to use it to sink the Queen Mary. Egypt recalled it. Libya planned to attack an El Al plane taking off from Rome with a missile. Marwan leaked the information. I've no idea whether this was with the knowledge of the Egyptians or not, but it certainly made them trust his information even more.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 01:34:46 PM EST
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Nothing has changed

Yom Kippur, the unnecessary war? | LA Times |

His final attempt came at the end of September 1973, just after he became secretary of State. By then, Egyptian and Syrian forces were already being deployed in attack position against Israel.

But the reply he received from the prime minister, as noted in a message passed on to Kissinger by Dinitz only six days before the war broke out, was clear: "A period of elections is not a convenient time for serious discussion."

Kissinger did nothing to force Meir's hand, and a week later, sirens wailed throughout Israel as the war commenced.

There are lessons in this history for today's leaders, both in Israel and the United States. It is important for them to understand that if they fail to act for the good of the state, their failures will be revealed to future generations.

Today, we can see that 40 years ago, many paid a heavy price for the excessive consideration Kissinger showed for the political fortunes of Israel's prime minister. Let's hope the actions of current leaders in Israel and the United States will stand up to scrutiny by the next generation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 05:54:21 PM EST
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Sadat's War Strategy: Political Gains vs. Military Victory

To bolster Egypt's collapsing economy, Sadat reoriented emphasis in Egypt's relations from the Soviet Union to the Unites States. In his memoir, Sadat described Egypt's relationship with the Soviets as disadvantageous, because "the Russians had practically no relations with anybody." Several obstacles, however, stood in his way. Sadat believed the situation after the 1967 defeat needed to be redressed to regain Egypt's self-confidence and the world's confidence in Egypt. To Sadat, the economic situation was merely one of the facets of the problem.

Another obstacle in the way of reorienting Egypt to the West was the strong relationship between Israel and the United States. Tensions were still high between Israelis and Egyptians. Israel was satisfied with the status quo after capturing the Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula in 1967, which served as potential security buffers. Sadat not only needed to take away Israel's bargaining chips at the negotiating table, but also convince the United States to pressure Israel to even come to the table. After U.S. President Richard Nixon's first trip to the Soviet Union in May 1972, however, the policy of détente was issued jointly between the two superpowers, calling for a military relaxation in the Middle East. Sadat viewed this decision as giving in to Israel.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 05:56:19 PM EST
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Putting political pressure on Israel

I can recall just three US Presidents to put some pressure on Israel ...

Universal principle of self-determination in a post-colonial period - except for the Palestinian people.

When Harry S. Truman took office, he made clear that his sympathies were with the Jews and accepted the Balfour Declaration, explaining that it was in keeping with former President Woodrow Wilson's principle of "self-determination."

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 06:35:01 PM EST
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German police thwart Islamist Yom Kippur plot to attack synagogue

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 10:16:12 AM EST
Nazi genocide of WWII an indelible mark of evil executed on human kind.

The Path to Nazi Genocide | USHMM |

More ...

Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 08:46:13 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 09:10:01 AM EST

    New promotion film of the CIDI is based on lies and falsification of history. A novelty for an organization that until now has gone no further than vile innuendo and slander.

1948 no catastrophe says Israel, as term nakba banned from Arab children's textbooks | The Guardian - July 22, 2009 |

Netanyahu spoke for many Jewish Israelis two years ago when he argued that using the word nakba in Arab schools was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel.

Palestinians have always maintained that the 1948 refugees were the victims of Israeli "ethnic cleansing". But in recent years a new generation of revisionist Israeli historians has rejected the old official narrative that the Palestinians, supported by the neighbouring Arab states, were responsible for their own misfortune.

Reflecting those changing perceptions, Ehud Olmert, Israel's last prime minister and leader of the centrist Kadima party, referred to Palestinian "suffering" at the Annapolis peace conference in 2007.

Netanyahu's Likud takes a different view. "There is no reason to present the creation of the Israeli state as a catastrophe in an official teaching programme," said the education minister, Gideon Saar. "The objective of the education system is not to deny the legitimacy of our state, nor promote extremism among Arab-Israelis."

There was bitter controversy in 2007 when nakba was introduced into a book for use in Arab schools only, by the then education minister, Yuli Tamir of the centre-left Labour party.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 21st, 2021 at 09:51:18 AM EST
Diamond dealer who fled to South Africa left debt of €360 million | Brussels Times |

Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond trader who went bust and took his private jet to South Africa ten years ago, left behind debts of no less than €360 million, a court in Antwerp heard.

Before his sudden flight, Daleyot was one of the most prominent diamond dealers in the city of diamonds, with one in three of the world's traded diamonds passing through one of his companies. He was also a representative of De Beers, the world's biggest dealer.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 03:24:47 PM EST
Diamond Dealers in Deep Trouble as Bank Documents Shine Light on Secret Ways

Blood diamonds, Israel, Belgian Congo, Tempelsman, CIA station chief, HSBC money laundering, Lumumba murder, Larry Devlin, Erez Daleyot, and Arkady Gaydamak

Diamond in the Rough | Haaretz - March 2005 |

Israeli tycoons are in hot pursuit of diamond riches in Angola, one of Africa's most impoverished, corrupt and war-torn countries. Will Lev Leviev, with a `Russian connection' to the Angolan president, be displaced by his ambitious young Haredi rival, Dan Gertler?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 03:26:00 PM EST
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South African Intelligence Cables Expose Mossad Africa Operations | Tikun Olam - March 2015 |

Beny Steinmetz is one of a "select" group of Israeli billionaires who saw their opportunity in the morass of African minerals and political dysfunction.  Among them are also Arkady Gaydamak, Lev Leviev, and Dan Gertler.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 03:27:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 05:24:18 PM EST


    I spoke tonight with Stenny Hoyer, the majority leader in the House of Representatives regarding American assistance to the Iron Dome system.

    The conversation revealed that this was a technical postponement resulting from the debate in Congress over the ceiling of the US budget deficit.

Iron Dome replenishment bill to be brought 'before end of week' - Hoyer | JPost |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 05:26:58 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 05:27:41 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 05:28:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 05:29:14 PM EST
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Joe Biden Bestows Praise On Netanyahu and Himself

Israel Loses the War, Again

Dennis Ross the eternal reference for Hillary Clinton how to approach the Palestinians is still making the rounds on national prime time television about the Middle East crisis.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 26th, 2021 at 08:09:08 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 26th, 2021 at 08:11:40 AM EST
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