Yom Kippur War


Arab states were beginning to plan a counter-offensive against Israel, to reclaim Sinai, Golan and the occupied territories. Anwar Al Sadat urges Jordan to join the offensive to catch Israel off guard. King Hussein is reluctant at first, fearing that Jordan might eventually fall under Zionist rule. However, after Lebanese forces, Iraq and Syria agree to join the war. The King agrees, hoping to finally topple the influence of Zionism on the occupied territories.

Israel on the other hand, was at complete ease. Control of the West Bank, Sinai and the Golan seemed remain undisputed. Nobody in the Knesset expected a counter-offensive.

Iraq and Syria begin mobilisation of their forces near the Syrian-Israeli border in secret. Jordanian soldiers begin forming around the Jordan River. By that time, Egypt had already four battalions near the Suez Canal. Lebanese insurgents and guerrilla fighters were beginning to gather near Southern Lebanon.

The Soviet Union received information of the invasion plan, and offered full tactical, and military support to Egypt and Lebanon. Promising George Habash, leader of the PFLP control of certain Soviet Forces stationed in the Middle-East. During that point, conscription in Arab states was at an all time high.

Saddam Hussein, interested by the Soviet offer to his fellow Arab nations, made an odd move, and offered an open borders treaty between Iraq and Russia. This news shocked the U.S and Europe. Fearing communist advances into the gulf, the U.S began attempting to appeal to several nearby nations to step in if Iraq falls too much under Soviet Influence. Striking a deal with the Pahlavi dynasty, offering weaponry in exchange for keeping Iraq in check.

Two days later, Israeli intelligence began noticing a strange influx of soldiers around its borders. However, three hours after the report came into the eyes of the Israeli MP, the Arabs declared war.

Start of the War

The war began on the holiest day of Judaism, Yom Kippur, and during the middle of Ramadan. Egyptian forces managed to make a striking achievement, capturing the Suez Canal and reaching as far as the Gulf of Aqaba. During this point, Israel relied mostly on air-raids, to attempt to divert the invading Egyptian Army until it can fully mobilise its forces.

Jordan was met with some success as well, capturing most of the Judah desert and Jericho.

Syrian and Iraqi forces managed to capture the Golan Heights, with Lebanese troops bombing the Arab Triangle. But never capturing much. 

The PLO on the other hand attempted to divert attention from itself, but at the same time, attempted to depopulate some of the nearby Israeli settlements.

A Dark Turn

Israel began its full mobilisation, sending troops to the Golan, West Bank and Sinai, able to hold off the Arab offensive for a while. The U.S has given permission for the transfer of billions of dollars in weapons to Israel.

The Soviet Union used that as a perfect excuse for the transfer of weaponry that was previously agreed upon with Arab states, and managed to get past public opinion by making it seem as if they're leveling out the playing field.

The PFLP, given control of two Soviet brigades under Russian supervision, make an offensive towards Eilat, managing to capture the entire city. By that point, Egyptian troops had already captured the coastal area of the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel was quite confident it could hold off the Jordanian and Lebanese forces, but what really seemed threatening was the Iraqi-Syrian offensive in the Golan. During this point, Iraq sent an entire army and had several battalions stationed near Damascus. Plus, Soviet Troops definitely didn't make matters any easier. With the Soviet Union acting as a peace-keeping force, making Israeli advances nearly impossible without the declaration of war against the U.S.S.R.

Under agreement with the President, Israel declared war on the Soviet Union along with the U.S. Iraq, using this as an excuse for an invasion, tells Soviet Forces to station some of its troops near Khusestan, in an attempt to take advantage of the civil unrest in Iran and overthrow the puppet government.

Meanwhile, the EU debates on entering the war, but decides against it. The U.K on the other hand, declares war against Russia alone, sending several fighters and bombers to Moscow and Novgorod.

Egyptian forces use semi-guerrilla tactics in Sinai, using conscripts for the front line to take the blow for the air-raids whilst bringing its core forces out afterwards. Within a couple of days, Sinai was under full Egyptian control.

Lebanese forces didn't capture any cities, but instead, they provoked severe riots within Israel and particularly the Arab Triangle, Israel began fearing for the security of itself if the Arab triangle was still under its control, and instead began a crackdown on any opposition, using Savak-like tactics via the Mossad to intimidate the population. Unfortunately, this proved to be counter-productive, as it merely motivated the Palestinians more. 

Jordan had by that time reached along with the PLO as far in as Hebron and Ramallah. Laying waste to most Israeli settlements.

Iraq and Syria cross Tiberius and capture the city, taking control of all coastal regions of the lake, managing to mount a base before Israel can retaliate.

UN Reaction

The UN orders a ceasefire, but all nations ignore it. China and Cuba begin contemplating entering the war, but decide against it. 

Capture of Jerusalem

Palestinian and Jordanian troops reach as far as Jerusalem, capturing the city after 2 months of long fighting that nearly destroyed both armies. Israel then begins threatening the use of Nuclear Weapons, to which, the Arab states could not handle, and offer a peace treaty if Israel withdraws to the '67 borders. Israel initially agrees, but fighting between the U.S and Russia had gotten so bad, that the Soviet Union threatened to cut off all support to all Arab nations if the invasion halts, the U.S had done the same thing as well.

Saddam Hussein, fearing if Soviet Troops were no longer at the border to intimidate the Iranians, launched a full scale offensive on Northern Israel, capturing along with Syria and Lebanon Haifa, Acre, Nazareth and Safed.

Egypt by that point had capture the Negev, including Ashdod and Gaza, nearly destroying Israeli influence there.

Then, the PFLP begins a march to Jerusalem, in an attempt to capture Tel Aviv.

Plagued by heavy bombing, Israel's IDF is nearly destroyed, and a rogue rocket from Gaza hits the Knesset and kills the Prime Minister. Eventually, Israel decides to send a nuclear bomb towards the Arab Triangle on the invading Iraqi-Syrian armies.

The nuke does heavy damages to the surrounding area, but does not result in radiation. Killing most of the army, Iraq sees it as a perfect opportunity, and along with Syria, sends its chemical arsenal into Israeli held-areas, killing quite a lot of people. The chemical and nuclear attack was condemned by the UN and threats of military interference by the EU and China began escalating. Al Sadat knew he had to end the war quickly, so he asked for one final counter-offensive. Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and the PLO stormed Tel Aviv, nearly destroying major parts of the city, capturing the entire area. By then, Israeli control had nearly decayed to nothingness. Officially ending the war.

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