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Ami Palant, war hero who stopped Syrian advance during Yom Kippur War, dies at 71

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Israeli war hero Ami Palant, who served under famed IDF general (res.) Avigdor Kahalani during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, died Monday at 71.

Palant was a company commander under Kahalani’s command in the 7th Armored Brigade, which was responsible for halting the Syrian military’s progress on the Golan Heights during the war in what has come to be known as the Battle of the Valley of the Tears.

After the war, Palant was given the Medal of Courage for his role in the battle. The medal — the second-highest Israeli military decoration — is bestowed on soldiers for “performing a valorous and life-risking deed while executing a combat role.”

Palant was born in Moshav Magshimim in central Israel in 1951. He enlisted in the military in 1969 and was assigned to the Armored Corps, later completing the IDF’s officer’s course.

Prior to the Yom Kippur War, he served as a platoon commander in the Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had occupied following the 1967 Six Day War, and as a deputy company commander in a mechanized infantry unit.

As the Yom Kippur War broke out, hundreds of Syrian tanks raced to break through Israeli lines. Syria’s tank force comprised 700 tanks, against Israel’s 175, and its infantry carried state-of-the-art anti-tank........

© The Times of Israel

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