When Arab armies led massive forces to attack Israel during the Yom Kippur War, everyone thought Israel would be destroyed. Israel proved the arabs wrong once again.

The Yom Kippur War

On October 6, 1973, Arab armies launched a joint surprise attack on Israel. The date was carefully selected to surprise Israel, as most Israelis were praying in synagogues due to the Yom Kippur Holy day. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism. Massive Egyptian and Syrian armies crossed ceasefire lines to enter the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.

Southern border – Many Israelis killed in the the Yom Kippur War

The war began as a massive Egyptian force crossed the Suez Canal. This was a cease-fire line from the Six Day War in 1967. The Egyptian army then advanced into the Sinai Peninsula. The Israeli army quickly called up its soldiers, and the IDF rushed to the south to defend against the Egyptian onslaught. After three days, Israel had mobilized most of its forces and halted the Egyptian offensive, resulting in a military stalemate.

Northern border – Syria leads surprise attack

Syria coordinated their attack on the Golan Heights to coincide with the Egyptian offensive in the south. They were able to advance quite far into Israeli territory in the southern golan and killed many Israelis. However, a small IDF tank unit was able to hold waves of Syrian tanks in the northern Golan. The Israelis fought for their lives, and pushed the Syrians back to the pre-war ceasefire lines and then pushed deeper into Syria.

As Israel had some breathing space now, they began to fight back. Israeli artillery began to shell towards Damascus. A few days later, a United Nations brokered ceasefire fell apart. The fighting continued.  By October 24, the Israelis had improved their positions considerably and surrounded Egypt’s Third Army and the city of Suez. A cease fire was announced, and the war was over. Israel had suffered massive losses – more than 2,000 dead. But it had survived. The combined Egyptian-Syrian armies could not destroy Israel. And it was clear that the Jewish state survived thanks to God’s help. In all, the IDF had about 400,000 troops and 1700 tanks. The Arab armies had about 900,000 troops and 3500 tanks. Yet Israel won. This shows that Israel’s survival was truly a miracle.