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Ahithophel’s Advice and Ukraine

During the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos 2022 last week, Dr. Henri Kissinger, the national security advisor and secretary of state of President Nixon and President Ford, said Ukraine should cede territories to end the war.

Kissinger urged the United States and the West to not seek an embarrassing defeat for Russia in Ukraine, warning it could worsen Europe’s long-term stability. Kissinger said he hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom and that Ukraine should be a buffer state in Europe and not a war front.

Kissinger said that the West leaders need to think on the relations with Russia for the long run and avoid pushing Russia to re-alliance with China. Kissinger spoke on the US and China tension regarding Taiwan and said that both sides should keep previous agreements especially regarding not to use military power to solve the dispute over Taiwan.

Ukraine poles show that a huge part of Ukrainians oppose ceding territories to Russia. President Volodymyr Zelensky consultant, Mikhail Podolyak, tweeted angrily that Kissinger will give away Poland and Lithuania too. Podolyak said. “It’s good that Ukrainians in the trenches do not have time for listening to ‘Davos panickers.’ They’re a little bit busy defending Freedom and Democracy.”

The Israeli Prime Minister during the Yom-Kippur war, Golda Meir, was born in Kyiv in May 3, 1898, and is admired by Ukraine people. PM Meir trusted blindly Kissinger in 1973 and approved a secret channel negotiations between Kissinger and Egypt’s national security advisor, Hafez Ismail. In fact only small part of the channel contents were reported by Kissinger to PM Meir via the Israeli ambassador in Washington Simcha Dinitz. Sadly, the secret channel negotiations failed even though the gap between Egypt and Israel positions was small on May 20, 1973 when Kissinger and Ismail met secretly in Paris. Kissinger, carelessly and maybe purposely, missed the opportunity to bridge the gap and prevent the Yom-Kippur war that broke out few months later on October 6, 1973.

Kissinger advised and in fact aggressively demanded from PM Meir not to preempt even on October 6th morning when Kissinger already knew that Egypt and Syria would attack Israel on that day. In addition, Kissinger did not provide army resupply to Israel in the first week of the war, applying pressure on Israel to accept a cease fire in place in Sinai.

Kissinger pushed Israel to the precipice with his Ahithophel advice to PM Meir and defense minister Moshe Dayan delivered before the war in off the record private meetings. In an extremely arrogant staff meeting at the state department on October 23, 1973, Kissinger said that the war was a great success for his policy ignoring the huge casualties of both Israel and the Arabs sides that lost about 20,000 killed soldiers and thousands wounded in three weeks.

Kissinger started the staff meeting by saying that the stories that he prevented the preemptive attack by the Israelis and that their setbacks in the war were due to him urging them not to engage in a preemptive attack were total nonsense. However, the report Kissinger sent to President Nixon on October 6th morning shows that he did warn the Israelis not to preempt on that morning. Kissinger ordered the White House Situation Room to update President Nixon about the risk of a war outbreak in the Middle East at 09:00 AM Washington time, which was one hour after the war started. The reason for this peculiar request to delay the message to the President is unclear, however, it proves that Kissinger hid is actions from the President at the outbreak of the war. Furthermore, at the end of the war, Kissinger declared the DEFCON III nuclear war alert without the knowledge and authorization of President Nixon ,who was slipping and heard about the nuclear alert crisis only the next day.

The DEFCON III declaration was an extremely high-risk bluff Kissinger pulled to stop the Russians from sending troops to Egypt on the last day of the Yom-Kippur war on October 25th. However, the Russians were bluffing too, they sent a message to the White House that they will consider sending troops to Egypt but did not really plan to do it according to the Russian historian Victor Israelian. Luckily no damage was done by Kissinger’s DEFCON III bluff.

Kissinger probably bluffed similarly with the preemptive attack warning that paralyzed PM Golda Meir and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan on October 6, 1973. According to Marvin and Bernard Kalb Kissinger’s biography, Kissinger aggressive warning to PM Meir and Dayan was that if Israel preempts, President Nixon will not assist them in the war and Israel will be left alone and a holocaust will occur. However, there is no formal record of such warning made by President Nixon in any US or Israeli document. In January 2019, Kissinger said in an interview that formally Israel never asked for a permission from the White House to preempt and in perspective, Kissinger’s warning not to preempt looks like another bluff by Kissinger that President Nixon was probably not aware of.

Kissinger was a manipulator that hid critical information about the Yom-Kippur war from the US intelligence community as the CIA director William Colby said after the war. Kissinger hid secret operations from the US Congress like in the case of the Cambodia illegal carpet bombing. Kissinger supported dictators that committed war crimes and killed thousands of civilians like Suharto, Yahya Khan, Videla and Pinochet. Kissinger was a master of covert operations and deception and preferred always secret channels. The former US Ambassador to Israel, Martyn Indyk, describes Kissinger manipulative operational ways in his new book Master of the Game, Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy.

Kissinger ignored the destruction and the thousands that were killed by dictators he supported while he talked in prestige meetings on keeping world order and stability like he did in the World Economic Forum annual meeting 2022 in Davos.

PM Golda Meir trusted Kissinger and took his Ahithophel’s advices blindly before and during the Yom-Kippur war and confronted him bitterly after the war during her visit to the White House on November 1, 1973.

Kissinger’s advices should be considered with cautious being aware of Seymore Hersch’s serious warning – Kissinger’s dark side is very, very dark.

About the Author
Rami Rom is a scholar of the Yom-Kippur War, and more specifically he focuses on the impact of Kissinger and Ismail secret channel on the war.
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