Thirty seven years have passed since the “Yom Kippur” war, but it is much in the news again. Last weeks some declassified details were published, telling of some of the mistakes made then which cost us so many lives. The main mistakes were made by politicians who were afraid of what the world would say if we made preparations or even attacked first, although
it could be seen that both Syria and Egypt were arming and preparing for a war. The difference of opinion between Moshe Dayan, who was then Minister of Defence and influenced Prime Minister Golda Meir, and our Commander-in-Chief David Elazar, was at the root of this difference. Elazar said,” The army should call up some of its reserve soldiers. The Israel Defence Forces power is 25 percent regular and 75 reserves. Therefore we need to increase our power immediately. We need at least 24 hours to call up reserves – those that are called up now, can be put into action tomorrow”.
But Dayan objected. “Calling up reservists before even one bullet was shot – everyone will say we were the attackers,”he explained, ” It’s important that the world doesn’t say we started.” And Golda Meir agreed with him, and that is the reason we were not ready for the Arab attack. This failure to call up reserves is often cited as one of the IDF’s major mistakes in the
Yom Kippur war. I don’t think things are different these days concerning world opinion. When we defend ourselves, we are called the aggressors.
And now for something completely different. Although the relationship between Turkey and Israel is certainly not “the best” these days, a shipment between the two countries took place a few days ago – and an unusual one it truely was. A number of different animals, including, elephants, zebras,and a hippo, were sent by ship from different Israeli zoos, to a zoo in Turkey.This shipment is part of a decades-long struggle, but one against nature: it aims to calm ties between the two countries while simultaneously saving Asian pachyderms from extinction. Happily, everyone is working together for the good of the animals, and all the politics are just not relevant.
 And here’s another subject to make us proud. Governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, was awarded the “Banker of the Year” title for 2010. Fischer was selected among governors from other central banks in the Middle East and North Africa. He was awarded this title during the annual International Monitory Fund convention in Washington D.C.

With these words I end. Shalom from Irene



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