The Richard Nixon Foundation was honored to partner with the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles for an official on the ground assessment of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Mr. Israel Bachar, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest, spoke in the East Room at Nixon Library exactly one month and one day after the October 7th attacks.

Mr. Bachar started his remarks by stating, “We look at present circumstances to understand how we move forward—as a nation, as a region, as the world. Today, we will also look back in order to look forward.” He went on to examine lessons learned from the Yom Kippur War, 50 years ago, and the decisions made by President Nixon that are applicable today.

In his assessment of the current war, Mr. Bachar shared his experience as a representative of the Israeli government on October 7 and the days that have followed, referring to the situation as “a regional problem with a global impact.”

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After delivering his remarks, Mr. Bachar toured the Nixon Library’s museum galleries. He is pictured below in the exhibit on the Yom Kippur War of 1973.