Originally posted by dana2006
Originally posted by denythestatusquo
Even though Israel has a good military I always wondered what would happen upon a full out assault by their neighbours. Not something to look forward
to but the middle east is so volatile and always has been it is not impossible that such a thing could happen.
It happend once, when egypt and syria attaked israel in october 1973, at the same time , in the first 3 days , syrians reached to the borders of
israeli settlements in northern isarel, and egyptians passed and destroyed (barleiv line) i am not sure of the spelling,in few hours and advanced to
israel through the international highway in sinai destroying and killing israeli militants , and were a few hundred kilometers away from the israeli
border. during that time . kissinger put lots of pressure on mr. nixon to allow for immediate military assistance to israel, after , golda maer
(israeli prime minister) made a quick visit to US, begging for american help, i listened to her speech, when she was crying and telling the americans
that isreal was invaded from both sides and will be destroyed in no time if it doesn't get the help from the US. I remember watching the news, that
showed huge american B52 , i think, landing in haifa and tel aviv airports loaded of , all kinds of military equipment, tanks artilery,
missiles,...etc.. It was a 24 hours air bridge from US to Israel , it lasted for the whole period of the war. still , even that americans were doing
their best to asist their ally, syrian and egyptian armies were unshakable, suddenly , the advance of 2 arab armies were halted, and started thier
withdrawal, and israeli army started to attak and advance in both sides. guess what happened? the israeli prime minister sent a message with kissinger
to soviets' leadership, if arabs won't stop their attak and withdraw. isreal is going to nuke damascus, cairo. Do you know now ,why arabs don't
wipe away israel even that they can do it any time? not because of the super brave israeli army, as westerners acclaim, because of the more than 200
nuclear heads that israel owns.
You seemed to have rewritten history. I will try to draw a more accurate pictures based on verifiable fact rather than dreamed up unverifiable
The source ofyour information would be interesting. I am totally unaware of the story although I heard of another story and it goes like this. The
US was reluctant to help Israel so Israel set up for a press conference in an air force base where the air force was training. The press invited were
also american reporters who where known to Israel as being CIA. The airforce pilot was told to run a few mock nuke bombing runs which would be
obvious to CIA spys. This in parallel to a subtle threat that if Israel would not get assistance Israel would nuke the Egyptians and Syrians. This
was the trigger pushed the Americans to aid Israel in the war with weapons etc. I cannot verify that it is true but is something I was told.
What I can confirm is facts that can be found on the internet and history books is the following the sides in the war was Israel with
415,000 troops; 1,500 tanks, 3,000 armored carriers; 945 artillery units 100 mm and up; 561 airplanes, 84 helicopters; 38 warships. 
and the Arabs with:
Egypt: 830,000 troops; 2,200 tanks, 2,400 armored carriers; 1,120 artillery units 100 mm and up; 690 airplanes, 161 helicopters; 104 warships
Syria: 332,000 troops; 1,350 tanks, 1,300 armored carriers; 655 artillery units 100 mm and up; 321 airplanes, 36 helicopters; 21 warships
Iraq: 20,000 troops, 310 tanks, 300 armored carriers, 54 artillery units, 73 airplanes) 
Besides Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, several other Arab nations were involved in this war, providing additional weapons and financing. The amount
of support is uncertain.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait gave financial aid and sent some token forces to join in the battle. Morocco sent three brigades to the front lines; the
Palestinians sent troops as well (Rabinovich, 464). Pakistan sent sixteen pilots.
From 1971 to 1973, Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya sent Mirage fighters and gave Egypt around $1 billion to arm for war. Algeria sent squadrons of
fighters and bombers, armored brigades, and dozens of tanks. Tunisia sent over 1,000 soldiers, who worked with Egyptian forces in the Nile delta, and
Sudan sent 3,500 soldiers.
Uganda radio reported that Idi Amin sent Ugandan soldiers to fight against Israel. Cuba also sent approximately 1,500 troops including tank and
helicopter crews who reportedly also engaged in combat operations against the IDF. 
THe above source makes a very interesting reading.
During this whole time the Soviets were providing the Arab armies with supplies by sea and air and also coaxing ARab countries to join the war. The
US began to trickle supplies to ISrael in october 8th (2 days after the war) but when they realized just how much the SOviets were aiding the ARabs it
was decided on OCt 11 to provide Israel with a substantial amount to aid which arrived to Israel only in Oct 14th and then additional time was
required to move it to the front.
THe US upplied Israel with weapons to counter Soviet involvement in the Middle East.
NOTE: The above information was taken from p769 of the book History of ISrael by Howard M. Sachar.
The Egyptians were very far from the border with Israel as can be seen from the maps on the wikipedia link I provided.
SO to sum up Israel was outnumbered by nearly 3:1 in troops over 2:1 with tanks, nearly 2:1 on Artillery, over 2:1 on planes (Israel was outnumbered
in every aspect), Soviets provided continuing support throughout the war while the US came in late.
Tallying up the dead the body count was over 8500 arabs to over 2600 Israelis and this was considered a devistating war for Israel.
Had Israel went ahead to destroy the trapped Egyptian 3rd Army the ARab casualties would have been astronomical.
WIth this said, war is nothing to be proud of.
I just hope that the ARab learn that Israel is not to be messed with.
[edit on 28/3/06 by JudahMaccabbi]