The Fictional Zionist Narrative of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War

by Oct 8, 2013Foreign Policy0 comments

An Israeli tank in the occupied Egyptian Sinai (IDF Archives/Wikipedia)

Yesterday, October 7, marked 40 years since the beginning of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war (the "Yom Kippur war", as it is known in Israel), so naturally the mainstream media has been unashamedly busy propagating the fictional Zionist narrative.
An Israeli tank in the occupied Egyptian Sinai (IDF Archives/Wikipedia)

An Israeli tank in the occupied Egyptian Sinai (IDF Archives/Wikipedia)

Yesterday, October 7, marked 40 years since the beginning of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war (the “Yom Kippur war”, as it is known in Israel), so naturally the mainstream media has been unashamedly busy propagating the fictional Zionist narrative.

Avner Cohen wrote an op-ed in the New York Times propagating the following account:

NEXT week is the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, perhaps the most traumatic moment in Israel’s history. On Oct. 7, 1973 — the second day of the war — Israel’s borders along the Suez Canal in the south and the Golan Heights in the north collapsed under a massive assault by a coalition of Arab armies. Israel was caught unprepared.

The fact that this is a lie did not prevent the editors from publishing the piece. The Suez Canal was emphatically not Israel’s border. Israeli forces were occupying Egyptian land. Both the Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights were occupied territory.

Yossi Klein Halevi in a Wall Street Journal op-ed similarly asserted:

As Egyptian and Syrian armies launched a coordinated attack on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, a relative handful of soldiers and tanks were all that stood between them and the Israeli home front. Despite initial failures, the Israel Defense Forces reversed the invasion and achieved a victory that is studied in military academies around the world.

The editors in this case apparently didn’t think it too disingenuous not to mention that what stood between the well-trained and superior-equipped  Israeli forces and the Israeli home front was the entire Sinai Peninsula. They didn’t think it too misleading to describe as an “invasion” Egypt and Syria attacking foreign occupying military forces on their own land.

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