Chapter 12

The Tenth Man

In September 1973, Israeli military intelligence reported suspicious troop movements to the north and south along the borders with its Arab neighbors. Although Israel had technically been at war with these same countries since its founding on May 14, 1948, the state’s high command concluded, upon reviewing the intelligence data, that no military threat was imminent. No members of the senior military staff seriously questioned this conclusion.

So far so good. But fast-forward one month.


On the Jewish High Holy Day of Yom Kippur, the traditional Day of Atonement marked by prayers and fasting, Arab forces launched coordinated attacks. Hoping to wrest back land lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli ...

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