Published on February 10, 2019
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State of Israel
This committee will be simulating the highest echelons of the Israeli political and military establishment during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Delegates will be tasked from the beginning with responding to massive surprise attacks along two of Israel’s most heavily militarized borders—the border with Egypt in the Sinai and that with Syria in the Golan. Already by the time committee will begin, 100,000 Egyptian soldiers will have crossed the Suez Canal into the Sinai and 40,000 Syrian soldiers will be threatening to sweep through the Golan down into the Galilee. As the men and women responsible for the safety of the Israeli people and the security of the Israeli state, delegates will have to pursue or create a satisfactory resolution to the conflict.
Topic A: Establishing the Conditions of Peace with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan
Topic B: Defending Israel’s Place in the Middle East
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Shalom gvirotai v’rabotai. I am Jacob Lefkovitz and I will be serving as your chairman for the Israeli Cabinet in the Yom Kippur War Quadrumvirate. I am very excited to have this opportunity to help put on what I hope will be an incredible conference for you all.
By way of biography, I am a sophomore history and political science student here at Hopkins originally from Chicago, IL. My areas of particular interest are political traditions in modern Europe and the Levant and the evolution of Jewish thought. During my junior and senior years of high school, I was a delegate with my school’s Model United Nations team, competing in settings as diverse as the UN General Assembly’s Legal Committee on the one hand and the Historical UN Trusteeship Council (1946) on the other. Since coming to university, I have stayed involved in Model UN, although now on the other side of the gavel. I helped to put on last year’s JHUMUNC, serving as dias staff in the US House of Representatives.
As your chair now for this committee, the Israeli Cabinet of 1973, I would like to just lay some groundwork to ensure a smooth start come February. When committee will begin, the situation will be dire. One day after Egypt and Syria launched devastating surprise attacks on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar against the Jewish state, nearly 150,000 hostile soldiers will be on Israeli territory.
As the responsible men and women, you will be charged with coordinating the response to these assaults and prosecuting the conflict following whatever war aims you may deem it fit to set. Ultimately, the responsibility is yours to reach a satisfactory resolution to this war for Israel and all her citizens.
I wish you all the best of luck in your preparations, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.
Chair, State of Israel