End Turn 22...Southern Command Hq's...Elazar, Gonen , Bar Lev, and now Moshe Dayan, stood in front of the map posted by the intelligence officer. "What does Sharon say?" asked Dayan. "Sharon has his own objectives" replied Gonen. "Do not put personal gripes into this discussion" said Elazar..."I'm not...he has given us nothing but excuses and refuses to answer direct questions." shouted Gonen. "I ask again, what does he say?" repeated Dayan.
"He says Tirtur is open, yet Bren's Bde is having a hard time advancing between kilometer 42 and 54. He says he has secured Matzmed yet he must pull back from the canal because of enemy presence. He says Lexicon is clear yet enemy tanks magically appear on the road." says Gonen.
"How did we not know the Egyptian's had substantial forces at the Farm?" asked Elazar. "From what I know, Brom's recce was south of Akavish. He was able to get to the lake without opposition. Aerial recon, which took heavy loses to their SAMS, did not show the defensive positions at the Farm" said Bar-Lev.
"So where do we stand in regards to crossing?" asked Dayan. "It's still too early to say. Reschef is just short of Amir. If he can break through, the Egyptian bridge is an option. Sharon has the Alligators holding about 2km's east of Matzmed. He believes he can get across but..." says Bar-Lev. "But what?" asks Elazar. "It will be opposed if he can't get artillery support" says Gonen.
"If we dedicate the artillery to him, the forces now fighting east of the canal will suffer" answers Bar-Lev.
Dayan..."Give it to him."