The Events Of The 1973 Arab Israeli War

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The 1973 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the Yom Kippur War was a war that was fought by an alliance between Arab nations against the State of Israel. The war was fought between the 6th and the 25th of October, 1973. It began as the Arabic alliance launched a surprise attack on Israeli territories during the holiest day of the Judaic calendar, Yom Kippur. Egyptians started their attack from the Sinai Peninsula on the 6th with Syria attacking simultaneously from the Golan Heights. These two regions had been captured by Israel during the six day war in 1967. The Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a major effort to resupply their respective allies, leading to a near nuclear confrontation between the two countries. This paper seeks to explore the extent that the outcome of this War served the political objectives of the principal participants.
As the Yam Kippur war, also known as the October War was to see hundreds of aircraft, thousands of soldiers and battalions of tanks clash in one of the most momentous wars of the 20th Century. Oil prices would catapult to unprecedented heights and the danger of a nuclear war would threaten to break. Though the war ended within a month, it had great impact as it unbalanced a political stalemate and made an elusive Israeli-Egyptian peace possible. The roots of the 1973 war lay in the 1967 Six Day War in which the Israeli forces completely conquered the combined Arab armies and took the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, East Jerusalem
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