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  • Deborah Hurn

    May 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    The following information wouldn’t be normally counted as evidence for the location of the Red Sea crossing, but for me it is. 🙂 The very location where I propose that ancient Israel crossed the isthmus to escape the Egyptian army is the same location where the modern Israeli army crossed the isthmus in the opposite direction to defeat the Egyptian army.

    On the 6th October 1973, Egypt attacked Israel’s Bar-Lev line along the east bank of the Suez Canal, an act of war timed to coincide with the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. By the fourth day of operations, the eastern side of the Canal was in Egyptian hands to a depth of 10-20 km (6-12 miles). Israel regrouped for a counter-attack, benefiting from their exact knowledge of the terrain from earlier Sinai campaigns. On 16th October 1973, the 11th day of the Yom Kippur war, Israeli commandos crossed the Canal.

    [236] “The Canal crossing was effected north of the Great Bitter Lake, near the village of Deversoir, at the exact junction of the sectors of the Second and Third Egyptian Armies. Within an astonishingly short time, that bridgehead was enlarged…. [and] the advance of Israeli tanks on African [Egyptian] soil began…. The Israeli General Staff quickly realized its opportunity and sent major forces through the gap in the Egyptian front at Deversoir. These troops thrust towards Suez behind the Egyptian lines, and, in a joint action with the units attacking on the eastern side, by 23rd October 1973 succeeded in completely encircling the Egyptian Third Army on both banks of the Canal. That encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army of 20,000 men decided the outcome of the war.”

    Walser, Gerold. “Battlefields and Roads: From Romano-Byzantine Days to the Present.” In Sinai: Pharaohs, Miners, Pilgrims, and Soldiers, edited by Beno Rothenberg, translated by Ewald Osers, 1st Eng. ed., 221–37. Berne: Kümmerly & Frey, 1979.

    God has a wonderful sense of irony, symmetry, and poetry.

    “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain).