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