An official Commission Thursday night (30 January) criticised unpreparedness and lack of discipline within the Israeli army in the opening stages of the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
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Background: An official Commission Thursday night (30 January) criticised unpreparedness and lack of discipline within the Israeli army in the opening stages of the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
The report, prepared by a five men Commission headed by Justice Simon Agranat, President of the Supreme Court, was only partially made public. A great bulk of its was kept secret in the interests of national security. This move has led observers to the conclusion that it contains information which would be invaluable to Arab intelligence. The secret part of the report will not be disclosed for 30 years.
A 43 page document was released to the public and the rest of the findings, put together over 14 months from 90 witnesses in 156 sessions, went directly to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The published part praised the army's prowess and bravery in eventually turning the tide against Egypt and Syria, but also said mistakes had been surprise by the October 6 Egyptian attack across the Suez Canal and the subsequent loss of the Bar Lev line. The report also said that any army could find itself unprepared on a holy holiday.