Abstract

During the decade after the 1973 War of Yom Kippur, the consensus was that Israel's military defeat in the war’s first stage was caused by the failure of intelligence to provide a warning prior to the Arab attack, but many experts maintained later that it reflected improper preparations for war. Using recently released evidence, this article analyzes Israel’s inadequate war deployment when firing commenced and its impact on the failure to repel the attack. It concludes that since this deficient deployment resulted from the absence of a sufficient intelligence warning, the intelligence failure was at the root of the Israeli failure at the war’s start.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7795
Print ISSN
0899-3718
Pages
pp. 509-530
Launched on MUSE
2008-04-04
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2010
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