Though the events of October 7, 2023, are far from being a repeat of those 50 years earlier, the psychological effect of these attacks, the public outrage at the authorities who failed to prevent it, the sense of military blunder—all of these factors are reminiscent of the trauma of the Yom Kippur War
Monday, November 6, 2023
Rabbi Moshe Pitchon presents the facts that invite such a comparison.
The Lessons learned and what can be expected in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre and Israel’s final realization that Hamas had made itself an intolerable threat
Public pressure led to an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the intelligence breakdown before the enemy attack and the army’s lack of preparedness for the offensive. Several senior military and intelligence officers were removed, and Prime Minister Golda Meir was forced to resign.
Painful questions were then asked, and different responses were found through the creation of a peace movement, the new Right, the Gush Emunim settlement movement, and a commitment to put Israel in the vanguard of military technology.
As the Rabbi of the Israelite Community of Chile, Chaplain of the local Jewish Fire Department, and Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Biblical Literature at the University of Chile, Rabbi Pitchon accompanied General Elazar in this fundraising effort around the country.
This trip provided a historic opportunity to learn firsthand from one of the architects of the miraculous recovery that disentangled Israel from its initial setback. The IDF quickly exhausted the enemy, secured victory, and ultimately had the Egyptians sign the peace treaty that eluded the two neighboring countries for over two decades and through three previous wars.
The Yom Kippur War was more than just a war. It was a catalyst that led directly and immediately to an event that Henry Kissinger, at the time the U. S. secretary of state, called ‘one of the pivotal events in the history of the 20th century.”
Former chief of General Staff of the IDF, Minister of Defense and Minister in the current war cabinet, with Rabbi Pitchon at Mar-a-Lago
Rabbi Pitchon is also the author of a study about Israel’s 36th government: “Something New is Happening: The Life and Times of Naftali Bennett” (available in digital and print form at Amazon and other booksellers worldwide)
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