Today In Fact, 6 October

Very few days have a city, a university and highway named for it. This day in 1973 was the start of the Yom Kippur War in which a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria attacked Israel.

The Arabs gained early advances but the outnumbered Israelis countered and forced a stalemate. Eventually a peace was brokered but it was clear that the Israeli military was not invincible.

The Yom Kippur war proved that a peace built on negotiation and dialogue was the only real way to secure Israel.

Egypt has named a city on the outskirts of Cairo, a University and an elevated highway, “6th October”. Somehow they view this war as a victory?

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (

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