Manny Winston, my late husband, flew from Chicago to Israel to volunteer during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He arrived with US secretary of state Henry Kissinger’s first ceasefire on October 21; I followed on October 30th.
Manny was picking grapefruit at Kibbutz Dalia when his friend Sol Baskin called with a permit to enter the war zone. They drove to meet Gen. Ariel “Arik” Sharon at the Suez Canal. “Shalom” Baskin was part of the Mahal volunteers from America to the IDF, and the only commissioned officer in Mahal. He was Arik’s commanding officer during the 1948 War of Independence, and they remained friends.