The Times of Israel: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a thinly veiled defense of a possible Israeli preemptive strike on Iran during a Knesset commemoration Tuesday of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
In the end we won a great victory, but the lessons of the war have stayed with us these 40 years.”
Opinion: The 1973 Yom Kippur war, also known as the 1973 Arab–Israeli War, was fought by a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria, against Israel, from October 6 to 25, 1973.
Although the war ended in a series of cease-fires, the Arab World had been humiliated by the lopsided rout of the Egyptian–Syrian–Jordanian alliance in the Six-Day War of 1967. The ’73 war subsequently led to the 1978 Camp David Accords.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reference to a pre-emptive strike was first used by the Jewish people 2500 years ago and chronicled in the Book of Esther. In that war, the Jewish arch enemy Haman had convinced Xerxes to kill all the Jews of Persia as retribution against Mordachi, a Jewish member of the king’s court.
Mordechi’s cousin Esther became Queen and petitioned King Xerxes to allow the Jews to fight against their Persian army. The Jews pre-empted the Persian army and secured a stunning victory.
Forty years ago, in the Six Day war of 1967, Israel pre-empted an attack from the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. The war began on June 5 with Israel launching surprise bombing raids against Egyptian air-fields.
Within six days, Israel had won a decisive land war. Israeli forces had taken control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.
Throughout history God always raises up someone to save the Jewish people from total annihilation. The Edomites, Amalekites, Moabites and Hittites have disappeared from the pages of history, but God has preserved the Israelites, His chosen people.
God always provides a protector for His chosen people, for such a time as this (Esther 4:14)