Three lessons of the Yom Kippur War

Hosni MubarakMubarak:

“Israel hasn’t learned the lessons of the Yom Kippur War and it prefers to solve its problems by force rather than by peaceful means” — Jerusalem Post

Of course the lessons of the Yom Kippur War are exactly the opposite. After the 1967 war Israel wanted to ‘solve its problems’ peacefully, but the Arabs responded with the “Three No’s” (no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it).

Forty years on, there have been negotiations with a few Arab countries, and some form of recognition from even fewer. If true peace is to be distinguished from a US-paid-for cease-fire, then Israel has peace with just one Arab country, Jordan. So lesson one was that the Arabs, mostly, are not interested in peace.

Lesson two is that the Arab states will attack Israel if they think they will succeed. So permanent military preparedness and good intelligence are essential for survival.

And lesson three is this: if Egypt is building up her army and buying tanks and planes, it’s not for directing traffic in Cairo.

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