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Bibi: Yom Kippur War Paved the Way for Peace

PM Netanyahu at Yom Kippur War memorial, October 13, 2016 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Last week, we noted the 43rd anniversary of 1973's Yom Kippur War. Yesterday in Israel, a memorial service for the conflict was held at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery, Israel Hayom's Yori Yalon reports, with PM Netanyahu speaking of the peace which the war brought about:

The war, Netanyahu said, "did not begin solely over our enemies' intention, but also because of several failures in leadership. The inability to recognize danger in time, and once the threat was identified -- to counteract it immediately. The failure screams to high heaven.

"It was Israel's brave soldiers who were able to tip the balance of power on two fronts, in those first crucial hours," Netanyahu continued. "Despite the shocking blow we suffered, which exacted a heavy, painful toll -- the heaviest since the [1948] War of Independence -- our home remains standing. It remains standing thanks to one thing: the courage of our beloved sons and daughters, who fought like lions day and night, first on the defensive and then on a daring offensive, until the threat was vanquished and our enemies tasted defeat."

The Yom Kippur War "paved the way for peace with Egypt and later with Jordan. Our hand remains outstretched in peace to those among our neighbors who desire peace. Until peace comes, and even when it does, we will continue to be ever ready to defend ourselves by ourselves," the prime minister concluded.

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