When Israel fought the six day war and won with such hands-down defeat to its enemies it became quite egotistical as far as war was concerned that when the Yom Kippur war broke out, Israel almost lost the war. The REAL question is, would Israel have really lost the war or started World War III? It is well known that Israel has nuclear warheads. It was said that these weapons (although all low-yield tactical) were actually unlocked and readied for use. Nixon knew about this and supposedly used the hot-line to the USSR for the first time to discuss the issue with Breznev (sp?). We all know today that the hotline was a teletype machine, but supposedly this is the first and only time it was used. Nixon asked Russia to move tactical nukes protecting their assets near the Aswan dam in Egypt up closer to the boarder into striking range of Israel. Israel was then notified of this, but luckily the war had already changed to a decisive Israeli win on both the Golan heights and the southern battlefield. Israel had many attacks on the four-lane highway from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv (then two lane). There are numerous memorials up and down this road showing places where terrorists had killed civilians. Due to this reason, Israel pushed back the line all of the way to the Jordan river to provide a buffer zone. The same thing happened with the Golan heights. Syrians would fire mortars at various times from the heights into the cities across the lake of Galilee. Children grew up living in bomb shelters and even sometimes going to school in bomb shelters to keep from being injured or killed. Israel took and kept the Golan heights to provide this buffer zone. I was wondering how many people realize just how close the middle east came to nuclear war in the Yom Kippur war (possibly even closer than the Cuban missile crises.)? Nuclear war in the middle east could have easily launched world war three. The question is, in hind-sight Nixon did the right thing, but what if Israel did not start winning the war. Would all out nuclear exchange taken place? Would this exchange have spread out to the allies of each country? Basically, US against USSR? Discussion. . . . . . . .