Today Israelis and jews all around the world observe Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.
IDF soldiers and operators will be observing this holiest of days today, as we do each and every year, while keeping one eye open to defend the homeland and keep the nation of Israel safe.
In 1973, exactly 45 years ago on this day, an Arab coalition of 9 nations led by Egypt and Syria launched a joint surprise attack on Israel. On a day where most men observed the holiday in the temple, fasting and praying, cut off any means of communication or electricity which impeded the Israeli defense forces from mustering its reserve forces on time to block this massive attack on Israeli land.
The Arab coalition consisted of troops and expeditionary forces also from Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and even Cuba
The Syrians coordinated their attack on the north to coincide with the Egyptian offensive on the south and initially made threatening gains into Israeli-held territory. Within three days, however, Israeli forces had pushed the Syrians back to the pre-war ceasefire lines. The IDF then launched a four-day counter-offensive deep into Syria. On the Egyptian front - Israel counter-attacked at the seam between the two Egyptian armies, crossed the Canal into Egypt, and began slowly advancing in land in over a week of heavy fighting that resulted in heavy casualties on both sides.
On Oct.25th, after Israel pushed back the enemy forces to successfully create a safe zone between the homeland and its attacking neighbors - the UN brokered ceasefire that ended this bloodiest of wars. A war that has changed the political and social landscape of Israel forever.
Read more about the Yom Kippur War here https://www.history.com/topics/middle-east/yom-kippur-war
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