The declassified document also reveals that then-Mossad Chief Zvi Zamir warned the prime minister of an imminent attack by Syrian and Egyptian forces on what indeed turned out to be the first day of the Yom Kippur War.
A cable sent by Israel’s former spy chief to Prime Minister Golda Meir has been declassified and published by the state archives, shedding light on the Israeli government’s efforts to avert outright war with the Arab world in 1973.
Published on Monday to commemorate the conflict’s 45th anniversary, the cable reveals that Zamir received intel from a high-ranking Egyptian source about the planned invasion, suggesting they should release their intel to the media for dissemination to scare off the enemy.
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“According to the source, we may be able to thwart the launch of a war by publishing an item about it on the radio and in the press, which would prove to Egypt, including the military command, that the Israelis are aware of the plan and ready for it,” the message sent via cablegram on October 6, 1973 reads.
“The head of the Mossad proposed to consider publication by news agencies in Israel…According to the source, this would have an influence in Egypt.”
The tip-off from the source, who said he was 99 percent sure that the attack would commence on October 6, contradicted with Israel’s previous assessment, which found there to be…