On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed not just the historical lessons Israel learned, but how these lessons have been implemented. The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon tells us that today's Israel will no longer allow her enemies to attempt to destroy the Jewish state:
“Forty-five years ago, our intelligence misjudged the war intentions of Egypt and Syria,” Netanyahu said, referring to the intelligence assessments at the time that discounted an Egyptian and Syrian surprise attack.
“When these intentions became clear beyond any doubt, and when the danger was already at hand, the political echelon committed a grave error in that it did not approve a preemptive strike. We will never repeat this error,” he said...
Netanyahu, in an apparent reference to reported Israeli preemptive military actions in Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment there or weapon transfers to Hezbollah in Lebanon, said that today “Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weapons.”
The country’s red lines are clearer than ever, and its resolve to enforce them are stronger than ever, he said.
Referring to the nearly 2,700 Israelis killed during the Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu said the country “must do everything to prevent war – the war’s victims destroyed the lives of families and are an open wound in the heart of the nation.”
At the same time, Netanyahu said, “If war is forced upon us, we must do everything to win it with a minimum of losses...”