Monday, Oct 13, 2008
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday warned Iran against considering a surprise attack, at a ceremony commemorating the 35th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
The war began with Syria and Egypt launching a surprise invasion of Israel on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in which early battlefield successes destroyed the myth of Israel’s military invincibility.
But Peres said that although the initial invasion came as a “complete surprise,” Israel soon emerged victorious. “What began as a terrible catastrophe was in 18 days transformed into an extraordinary victory.
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“The IDF (Israeli army) stopped 101 kilometres (63 miles) from Cairo and 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Damascus,” he said at a ceremony honouring Israeli soldiers killed in the war.
Peres went on to warn that “our new enemy, the arrogant Iranian leadership… should not rely too much on the element of surprise.”
This article was posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 at 4:03 am