IDF TROOPS cross the Suez Canal, October 1973 370.
(photo credit: Jerusalem Post archives)
The Knesset plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War on October 15th, following its summer recess, with a special session in which Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, opposition leader
Shelly Yacimovich and MKs Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) and Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) plan
In addition, the Knesset will host discussion groups of
soldiers, students, veterans and orphans from the war with past and present MKs
who were connected to the 1973 war.
Mitzna, who was an armored battalion
commander in the Battle of the Chinese Farm, just east of the Suez Canal, and
won the Chief Of Staff Citation, MK Omer Bar-Lev (Labor), a former General Staff
Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal) commando who fought on the Golan Heights
and in Sinai in 1973, and MK Nachman Shai (Labor), who was the Israel
Broadcasting Authority’s military reporter at the time, will speak to
In addition, former MKs Avi Dichter, who was a commander in
Sayeret Matkal, Yitzhak Mordechai, a paratroopers battalion commander in the
Battle of the Chinese Farm, Efi Eitam, who won the Medal of Distinguished
Service (Itur Hamofet) on the Golan Heights in 1973, as did Zevulun Orlev for
his part in defending the Suez Canal.
In addition, the Knesset will
unveil an exhibit of 100 photos from Yom Kippur War soldiers’ personal albums.