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The Lingering Trauma Of the Yom Kippur War

Processing the trauma of the Yom Kippur War has taken Israelis four decades, with testimony by former Prime Minister Golda Meir finally being disclosed Sept. 12.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath during a memorial ceremony for Israeli soldiers killed in the 1973 Middle East War at Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem September 15, 2013. Netanyahu gave a guarded response on Sunday to a U.S.-Russian deal on Syria's chemical weapons, saying it would be judged on whether it achieved "complete destruction" of the arsenal. REUTERS/Lior Mizrahi/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) - RTX13LZJ
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As if 40 years had not passed, the Yom Kippur War consumed the media landscape these past days, even capturing newspaper headlines and leading on television and radio newscasts. The talk shows and special broadcasts show photographs from the 1973 war, recordings from the military communication network and testimonies from the Agranat Commission that investigated the circumstances of the outbreak of the conflict.

The prime minister at the time of the war, Golda Meir, was featured in newspaper headlines on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, after the testimony she gave to the Agranat commission was released for the first time last week, on Sept. 12. Her words were so powerful and shattering, as if she were speaking about a tragedy that happened just now rather than four decades ago.

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