A Year of Pain Ended, a Year of Problems Begun

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16 In sept 1974
Individuals - Anwar Sadat, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Moshe Sharett. States - Britain/England, Egypt, Germany, Soviet Union (Russia), Syria, USA. Commission of Inquiry , Foreign Policy - Diplomacy, Fundamentals of Foreign Policy, Israel-U.S. Relationship. Security - Fundamentals of Israeli Security, Yom Kippur War. Greater Land of Israel - Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula. Government , Knesset , Political Parties - Mapai. Peace , Peace Agreements
Article by Begin shortly before Rosh Hashana 1974, recounting the events and mistakes that led to the Yom Kippur War. The non-mobilization of the reserves by the government during the 10 days of repentance in 1973 would go down in history as "The Blunder" because of just how devastating and fatal that non-action turned out to be. Jews need to learn that government ministers are not all wise. They can make stupid mistakes as well, even with access to information ordinary citizens do not have. He brings examples from Britain and the USSR's responses to Nazi Germany and from Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal. The government is heading towards another colossal blunder by abandoning the principles of demanding a peace treaty with direct negotiations and not withdrawing from any territories without said peace treaty. The result will be that Israel will lose territory and not gain any peace.
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