Israel Marks 50 Years Since Yom Kippur War With State Memorial Ceremony
JERUSALEM — President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the speakers Tuesday at Israel’s state memorial ceremony marking 50 years since the Yom Kippur War.
The ceremony took place at the Hall of Remembrance on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. The attendees included Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana and Supreme Court Justice Yitzhak Amit.
On Oct. 6, 1973, a coalition of Arab states, led by Egypt and Syria, coordinated a surprise attack on Yom Kippur, “thinking that the IDF would not be able to defend Israel on the holiest day of the Jewish year,” the IDF’s official website states.
The war ended 18 days later, on Oct. 24, 1973, after Israel drove back the Arab advance, forcing Egypt and Syria to accept a ceasefire. A total of 2,691 Israeli soldiers were killed, according to the IDF.
Herzog, who spoke first, took the opportunity to address the internal rift Israel has experienced over the last nine months, culminating in conflict during a protest on Sunday over a Yom Kippur prayer service held at Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv.
“Only yesterday, in the midst of the holiest day, exactly 50 years after the outbreak of war, we saw, in the first Hebrew city of all places. a shocking and painful example of how the internal struggle within us can escalate and become extreme,” the president said.
“I know that I speak for the absolute majority of Israeli citizens when I express deep sorrow and shock at the sight of our own people fighting one another on a day that has always been a symbol of unity,” he added.
Netanyahu confined his remarks to the war and the heroic and dedicated efforts of the Israeli people, who rose to the occasion to save the country.
“The nation, secular and religious, left-wing and right-wing, Jews and non-Jews, everyone proved then that the commonality between us is greater than what separates us and I’m certain that also today, if a battle is forced upon us, what’s common between us will overcome the differences,” he said.
Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate
Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager
“What’s the latest with Florida Man?”
Get news, handpicked just for you, in your box.