The Yom Kippur War, Oct. 6 1973, Part 3

“My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth. They will be delivered over to the power of the sword ; They will be a prey for foxes. But the king will rejoice in God ; Everyone who swears by Him will glory, For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.” Psalms 63: 8-11

Ps. 120:7, “I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”

By such heroic stands taken by the IDF on both the Egyptian and Syrian (Golan Heights) fronts, only two days into the conflict, Israel was able to mobilize it’s reserves and counter attack, driving deep into the enemy territories of Egypt and Syria. The Soviet Union rejected efforts by the United States to work towards an end to the war and was busy resupplying the Arab nations by air and sea. Because of this the United States eventually sent an airlift to Israel to help her war effort.

As long as it looked like Egypt and Syria and their allies had a chance to win, neither the Soviet Union, or the United Nations showed any inclination to broker a peace between Israel and her enemies. However, on Oct. 22 when Israel had almost completely surrounded and cut off the entire Egyptian Third Army, the United Nations made its first attempt to call for a cease fire, an attempt which failed to hold as both sides blamed the other for alleged breaches.

By October 25 a lasting peace agreement was made, and a cease fire went into effect which brought an end the Yom Kippur War. This proved to be of great benefit to the Arab nations which had been the aggressors in the affair, as by that day the Israeli Defense Forces were only 25 miles from Damascus, Syria, and 60 miles from Cairo, Egypt.

Naturally, the U.N. could not allow Israel to take possession of both the capitals of it’s main antagonists. By the same token however, I have never known the U.N. to call for a ceasefire when Israel appeared to be losing. In this particular action however it should be noted that the head of the United Nations was Kurt Waldheim, ex-NAZI general form WW 2, whose unit had been charged with war crimes in the Balkans.

And so once again, despite overwhelming odds against it, Israel had managed to beat her enemies back and achieve a victory in protecting her borders and right to exist. But not without a tremendous lost of life and not without a blow to her confidence. A blow that proved once again that she could never rest or drop her guard for even a moment, if a Jewish nation was to continue to exist in the heart of the middle east and on the land originally promised to her Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, by the God of the Torah.


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