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Remembering the 1973 Yom Kippur War

Jonathan Schanzer

On the eve of Yom Kippur, we remember the 1973 war in which Syria and Egypt launched a surprise attack against Israel, putting the Jewish state in its most compromised military position since the 1948 War of Independence.

Israel battled back, thanks to military brilliance, a sense of purpose, and U.S. assistance. Indeed, the war was a milestone in U.S.-Israeli ties, as Washington made it clear to the Arab world that it would not allow Israel to be destroyed.

The 24th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War raises two pertinent questions.

Would America intervene again, as it did in 1973, and assist Israel if is threatened by a nuclear Iran or a multi-front war?

Would a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq send a message to Israel’s foes that America can no longer restore balance in the region?