Golda Meir’s Most Fateful Decision

Blamed for the 'blunder' of the 1973 war, the sole female prime minister of Israel, should be appreciated for her fortitude in preventing a preemptive attack on the country's enemies

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Golda Meir
Golda MeirCredit: Max Nash / AP
Yechiam Weitz
Yechiam Weitz
Yechiam Weitz
Yechiam Weitz

All of Israel’s prime ministers have had to make fateful decisions during their terms of office. The grimmest of them have to do with wars – how to prevent one, whether to launch one, how to end one. These are life-and-death matters, for which the decision makers have always paid a high and intolerable psychological and political price.

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