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Washington - New CIA Report On Yom Kippur War Claims Israel Downplayed Intelligence

Published on: February 3, 2013 02:06 PM
By: VIN News by Glen Silver
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FILE PHOTO Nov. 21 1973- Prime Minister Golda Meir (R) accompanied by her Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, meets with Israeli soldiers at a base on the Golan Heights after intense fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.FILE PHOTO Nov. 21 1973- Prime Minister Golda Meir (R) accompanied by her Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, meets with Israeli soldiers at a base on the Golan Heights after intense fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Washington - The main conclusion of a new CIA report on US intelligence gathering during 1973’s Yom Kippur War is that Israel may have purposely downplayed its intelligence to side-step mounting pressure from the US to enter into peace talks.

Haaretz (http://bit.ly/WORKl4) is reporting that the new study, “President Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War,” reveals very little in the way of new revelations, but instead attempts to clarify existing information.

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The study cites CIA documents stating, “Since [Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry] Kissinger had been prodding Israel toward peace negotiations its leaders did not want, they may have deliberately understated their degree of alarm about a surprise attack for fear that the White House would push them all the harder towards such negotiations.”

Also of notable im portance is the study’s assessment of US intelligence failures both before and during the war. Reasons given for these failures include; an over-reliance on Israeli intelligence; preconceptions, with regard to the preparedness of Arab armies; and faith in diplomacy, which points to the failure of the CIA to thoroughly consider the ‘rationale’ of the parties involved in the war.


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 Feb 03, 2013 at 03:04 PM bored Says:

Wow. Some things never change.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 10:29 PM Anonymous Says:

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bored Says:

Wow. Some things never change.

bored Says: “ Wow. Some things never change. ”

How exactly would you like to change events that happened forty years ago? what a dumb remark!

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 05:43 AM RobertS Says:

More evidence that Kissinger was bad for Israel

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 07:01 AM Historian Says:

Unfortunately, the Israeli leadership in 1973, were still thinking of how incompetent the Arab forces were in 1967. Its intelligence had no idea that the Egyptians were planning to breach the Sinai defenses with high pressure water hoses, and that they only planned to smash through the Bar Lev line, but eventually stop. Also, it had no knowledge of the new, hand held, anti-aircraft shoulder fired missiles, which the Egyptian soldiers, were equipped with. Over half of the tanks of the IDF in the Sinai were out of commission, even before the war started, as they had maintenance problems. Recently, I found out from a veteran of the Yom Kippur War, that the soldiers in the Sinai were not given enough food, and they had to depend on packages sent from home, to survive! Communications were also a problem. We will probably never know the extent to which EY was ill prepared for the Yom Kippur War.
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 Feb 04, 2013 at 07:06 AM Reb Yid Says:

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bored Says: “ Wow. Some things never change. ”

How exactly would you like to change events that happened forty years ago? what a dumb remark!

I assume he meant that leaders frequently are felt to ignore the threat of war in order to purposely allow war to happen, in order to accomplish a specific objective. This is what they say about FDR ignoring reports of Japanese preparations against Hawaii.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:18 AM bored Says:

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bored Says: “ Wow. Some things never change. ”

How exactly would you like to change events that happened forty years ago? what a dumb remark!

Lol! Welcome to the English language. 'Some things never change' is a colloquial expression which points out how history and people seemingly repeat the same actions. Reading this story alongside others from today's news like the strike on Syria brought it to mind. So enjoy your stay in 'English', please write more often. Where are you from by the way?

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 12:18 PM MistahKurtz Says:

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Historian Says:

Unfortunately, the Israeli leadership in 1973, were still thinking of how incompetent the Arab forces were in 1967. Its intelligence had no idea that the Egyptians were planning to breach the Sinai defenses with high pressure water hoses, and that they only planned to smash through the Bar Lev line, but eventually stop. Also, it had no knowledge of the new, hand held, anti-aircraft shoulder fired missiles, which the Egyptian soldiers, were equipped with. Over half of the tanks of the IDF in the Sinai were out of commission, even before the war started, as they had maintenance problems. Recently, I found out from a veteran of the Yom Kippur War, that the soldiers in the Sinai were not given enough food, and they had to depend on packages sent from home, to survive! Communications were also a problem. We will probably never know the extent to which EY was ill prepared for the Yom Kippur War.
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Israel's military intelligence DID have an idea, but Eli Zeira chose to cling to his "concept" that Egypt would not attack unless she had air power capable of bombing Tel Aviv. It also did not help that the IDF changed southern front commanders while tensions were still high from the "War of Attrition". Gonen was in over his head, especially when he had to command Sharon (who was a loose cannon).

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