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  9/23/2012, Tishrei 7, 5773

Former Cmdr.: Don't Blame Mossad for Yom Kippur War


Brig.-Gen. (res.) Amatzia Chen ('Patzi'), who was a commander of an IDF force during the Yom Kippur War under Ariel Sharon, addressed on Sunday the documents which were exposed last week about the days prior to the outbreak of the war. The documents revealed that almost two days before the 1973 Yom Kippur War broke out, the Mossad received a warning that an Arab attack on Israel was planned. However, the warning never reached the prime minister.

Chen rejected the attempt to blame the head of the Mossad for Israel’s failure to prepare for the war, telling Arutz Sheva, “It was not a failure of the 24 or 48 hours (before the war). The real problem began years earlier, when Israel completely abandoned the form of battle known as the ‘Haganah’ and focused its efforts on protecting the troops using the stupid way of building the Bar-Lev Line, 180 meters from the [Suez] canal.”