Today in Israeli History: Yom Kippur War

Syrian tanks on their sides in a defensive tank ditch.

Disabled Syrian tanks following the battle of the Valley of Tears

Okay, actually I should have written “Tomorrow in Israeli History,” but since I will be observing Yom Kippur, I am posting this today. As many of you know, this Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) marks the 40th anniversary of one of Israel’s more difficult wars — the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

You will most likely see many articles and posts about the war, and so I will not summarize the entire thing. But I would like to make a few points that may be less known or about which people may have some misconceptions.

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What Would You Do?

I typically don’t talk about politics, on this blog or otherwise, but lately it seems I can do nothing else. That’s part of the reality of living in Israel — you can’t help but have an opinion about politics here, and you virtually have to discuss it at times. Unfortunately, this is one of those times.

Undoubtedly, you have heard about the flotilla of boats heading towards Gaza that was boarded by Israeli Naval sailors this morning. And of course you have heard that a number of the passengers were killed and injured. What does it have to do with the Israeli tourism industry, the stated subject of this blog? Well the entire event was clearly an unmitigated PR nightmare for Israel, and what hurts Israel’s international image clearly also hurts the tourism industry here as well.

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Tour: Beit Guvrin-Maresha

The Columbarium Cave at Maresha

There are many sites in Israel that I still need to visit. Numerous places I’ve still not yet been to, and plenty of others that I haven’t seen in many, many years. So I can’t yet say what my “favorite” site in this country is.

However, there is one site that I’ve been to twice in the past year (once on a private tour, and then a couple of weeks ago with my course) that has quickly become one of my favorite sites. Beit Guvrin-Maresha is a great site to visit for so many reasons.

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