Keep Out of Mideast War 1973
Picket line in front of the White House Oct 11, 1973 (during 4th Arab-Israeli War) protesting U.S. aid to Israel.

The 4th Arab-Israeli War began October 6, 1973 and both the Syrians and Egyptians scored initial successes with tanks. Israel lost about one-quarter of its airforce in the first week of the war and the U.S. dispatched the aircraft carrier Iwo Jima to the Mediterranean, beefing up its air and marine forces in the area.

Israeli resistance and counter-attacks ultimately staved off the Arab attack which was designed to regain the Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula which Israel had captured during the 1967 War. The U.S. began re-supply of Israel during the war.

While the war ended in victory for the Israelis, the dramatic, early successes of the Egyptians and Syrians led political upheaval in Israel.
Arab countries, while militarily defeated, were buoyed by signficiant damage done to Israeli "invincibility."

The war led to the 1979 Camp David Accords negotiated by Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat and U.S. President Jimmy Carter where Egypt recognized Israel as a state and Israel returned Sinai to Egypt. Egypt was expelled from the Arab league and Sadat was assasinated two years later.

This first 12 images in this set were scanned from original negatives. All rights reserved. Photo credit: J. Bentz. The image number 13 in this set was scanned from an 8 x 10 photo by Brig Cabe, Courtesy DC Public Library, Star Collection, © Washington Post, All Rights Reserved
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