Half a century ago, the Shabbat day of October 6th, 1973 was also the fasting day of Yom Kippur. All around Israel the morning hours were extremely silent and tranquil, as is typical of this day. At that time, I was on leave from Zahal, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), after three exhausting years of military service, most of it in the Sinai desert.
I was waiting to start my history studies alongside international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My residence was at a tiny rented room in the basement of the American Alliance Church (Christian & Missionary Alliance – C&MA) compound, at 55 Prophets Street. Although without an adjacent bathroom, this space looked to me like a palace after sleeping almost three years in a fragile tent.
The expectation of being soon discharged from the army after the obligatory army service was like the fulfillment of a long dream. But, alas, around 2 pm sudden dramatic events changed both the day’s peaceful atmosphere and my personal anticipations.
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