By Uri Bar-Joseph
Examines how Israel used to be stuck unexpectedly within the beginning levels of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Based on many previously undisclosed intelligence and armed forces records, the key protocols of discussions at the eve of the conflict, and interviews with proper figures, The Watchman Fell Asleep is a compelling account of Israel’s intelligence failure prior to the 1973 Arab assault often called the Yom Kippur struggle. The Hebrew model of this publication used to be presented the Tshetshik Prize for Strategic reports on Israel’s protection in 2001, and the Israeli Political technological know-how Association’s top publication Award in 2002. to be had right here in English for the 1st time, Uri Bar-Joseph has crafted an authoritative rationalization of the main anxious occasion in Israel’s stormy heritage and one of many largest strategic army surprises of the 20 th century.
Uri Bar-Joseph is Professor of diplomacy at Haifa collage. he's the writer of Intelligence Intervention within the Politics of Democratic States: the USA, Israel, and Britain and the simplest of Enemies: Israel and Transjordan within the conflict of 1948.
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Problem II: Egyptian Air Inferiority If the 1967 war demonstrated the vulnerability of the EAF to a sudden air attack, the War of Attrition showed that even under more favorable conditions the EAF was no match for its Israeli rival. But Egypt’s vulnerability to IAF raids was reduced when, in the aftermath of the War of Attrition, its antiaircraft layout moved closer to the front line, thus providing air defense for the Egyptian army in the theater of operations at the ﬁrst stage of the war. Neither side, however, was certain that the new deployment caused an actual radical shift in the balance of forces in the crossing sector.
Husni Mubarak, left for Syria, where Asad and Sadat were scheduled to meet August 26 – 27. Following a brieﬁng on the results of the Council’s meeting, the two leaders agreed to opt for war in early October. 15 On the morning of September 22, the military echelon was informed about the selected D-day. It seems that at this stage, or around it, the joint war plan received its ofﬁcial name—operation Badr—named after the ﬁrst victory of the prophet Muhammad in 624. The Syrian army had already initiated its war deployment in late August.
The Kelt was powered by a rocket engine and was guided by an active radar or anti-radar seeker to its target, at high subsonic speeds. 6 meters, ﬂying at high altitude and in a straight line to its target, the Kelt constituted a large, vulnerable target. The likelihood that it would penetrate Israel’s airdefense system was rather low. On the other hand, its cheap cost and the fact that it needed no pilot made it a rather attractive option. The second possible deterrent system was the Scud B (SS-1B) surface-to-surface missile with a range of 280 kilometers.