FRIDAY and Saturday of the past week marked the most holy day of the Jewish calendar. It probably passed here with hardly anyone realising, especially as it was Grand Final weekend.

Most non-Jews in Australia would remain unfamiliar with the words Yom Kippur if it were not for the war that went by that name. And even then, that pivotal event in modern Israeli history would be vaguely remembered as just another “skirmish” between Arabs and Jews.

Maybe even fewer of us down under would be aware of just how close the Israelis came to being overrun by vastly superior numbers of Syrian tanks on the Golan Heights at the Valley of Tears Battle fought between the 6th and 9th of October 1973.

Read the opinion piece in The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.

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