1973: The Road to War
by Yigal Kipnis
Foreword by William B. Quandt
One hell of a ride for whoever is interested in how nations stumble into unnecessary wars, conduct secret diplomacy at the highest levels and watch their civil-military relations rip apart at the seams…
Amir Oren, Defense Correspondent for Ha'aretz
1973: The Road to War
In 1973: The Road to War, Israeli historian Yigal Kipnis delves deep into the Israeli and American archives and reveals the degree to which the war could have been avoided. Avoided, that is, if in the months preceding October 1973, Israel’s then–Prime Minister Golda Meir, who was facing elections, had not been adamantly opposed to allowing the peace negotiations with Egypt to proceed and if U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, despite some misgivings, had not backed her up in that refusal. Contradicting conventional wisdom, Kipnis argues compellingly that it was Israeli political intransigence, not a failure of Israel’s military intelligence, that set the stage for the 1973 war.
A blockbuster for anyone concerned about the tragic slaughter which flowed from surprise attacks by Egypt and Syria on Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year…Samuel W. Lewis, the founding president of the U.S. Institute of Peace
1973: The Road to War generated considerable attention—and more than a little shock—in Israel, when it was first published there in Hebrew in Fall 2012. Just World Books is pleased to make this groundbreaking work available in English at the 40th anniversary of the war. This edition includes a Foreword by William B. Quandt, who served on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council in the 1970s and is considered a preeminent authority on the 1973 war.
- “In Jerusalem- Fear of an American Initiative”
- Four Days in February
- From Armonk to Golda’s Kitchen, March − April 1973
- To Paris and Back – May 1973
- The Summer Before the War – June-August 1973
- Dayan’s Political Conception – September 1973
- Six Days Before the War, Whose Responsibility Is This?
- And on the Seventh Day – “Sadat Could Stop Everything”
A Footnote Named Ashraf Marwan
Chronology of Events
Personalities and their Roles in 1973
Sources and Bibliography
Index of Names and Subjects
–Naomi Chazan, Former Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset
–Akiva Eldar, veteran Israeli journalist, and correspondent, Al-Monitor
Kipnis reveals how even the closest conceivable American-Israeli diplomatic collaboration could not dent Golda Meir’s conviction that Israel would easily repulse any Egyptian attack, and that was preferable to any political concessions to Sadat’s importuning or Kissinger’s forebodings.
This book is important on many levels for historians and for policy makers. It is a demonstration of the limits of American influence on Israel’s leaders, even when they enjoy maximum intimacy with the White House; a depressing look into the way Golda Meir held vital political/diplomatic information to a tiny circle, leaning entirely on Moshe Dayan and Yisrael Galili and excluding Yigal Allon, other key cabinet members, and her military and intelligence chiefs from her decision-making circle; confirmation that this bloodiest of Israel’s wars of self-defense was, in the words of Bill Quandt’s excellent introduction, an avoidable war; and as another example of how many years must elapse before historians can gain access to the secret documents needed to piece together the diplomatic prologue to war.
Kipnis’s work is truly groundbreaking and an extraordinary achievement that, now finally available in English, merits a wide readership.
–Samuel L. Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and former President, U.S. Institute of Peace
–Amir Oren, Defense Correspondent, Ha’aretz
–Abdul Monem Said Aly,
Chairman and Director, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Cairo
–Janice Gross Stein, Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
–Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
1973: The Road to War is available in Hardcover ($38.99), Paperback ($27.99), and Ebook ($9.99)