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Yom Kippur War period 'Maariv' newspaper, 10 Oct. 1973
Item code: 0070018

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Israeli "Ma'ariv" newspaper wartime edition for Yom Kippur War: the 10 October 1973 "Sukkot" holiday edition, on the 4th day of the war with Egypt and Syria; 20 pages long including a separate holiday supplement. The opening headlines read: "Large Syrian 'pocket' in central Golan Heights destroyed"; "Heavy Katyusha rocket attack overnight on Kiryat Shmona"; "Iraqi force enters Syria"; "British intelligence confirms that the Russians are on their way to Israel". A brief comment by the paper's staff apologises for the shortness of the holiday edition due to many of its workers being drafted into the army and wishes its readers a happy holiday.

Other stories inside are split between the "northern front", "southern front", "home front", the "political front", and speak of the Syrian ground forces sustaining a heavy blow; a force of 15 Israeli soldiers holding out for 50 hours against Syrian tank and infantry forces; Egyptian television broadcasting scores of Israeli prisoners of war; 32 Israeli soldiers from an outpost on the Suez canal fighting encirclement for 60 hours and marching 8 hours in overrun territory back to an IDF base; an early article bringing up the issue that an Israeli pre-emptive strike (before the outbreak of the war) would have caused a deep rift between her and the United States - a long-standing sore fact that makes appraising the causes of the war painful to solve. The holiday supplement contains interesting war maps of the two battle fronts, of the first 3 days of the war. And also of note - the early use of the phrase "the Yom Kippur War" in the presentation of the war coverage, as the war did indeed become known by this name in Israel.

The significance of early War editions like this one lies partially in the fact that the Yom Kippur War was the last full scale war between Israel and her neighbors (in a sense the last major war in the middle east between more than two parties), and also in the fact that the surprise of the attack was so pivotal that the making of progress in the war - and of history - in the early days of the war were measured day by day by an accumulation of many big and small events. In this case, Israel's first counter-attack on the 8th of October failed, so that by the day of this edition - the 10th - the country was facing the real possibility of a catastrope. The sad irony is that the war was actually one of limited aims by the Egyptians and Syrians, but the Israeli leadership surprised by the attack, panicked and encouraged the Arab forces to continue further. The paper is in very good condition: not mint, with vertical and horizontal folds, but no tears and even suitable for framing.

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