Kippur War Files Reveal the Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel and Golda's Soviet Fears

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Prime Minister Golda Meir. "So, they surprised us after all," the highlighted text reads.Credit: IDF Spokesperson / IDF and Defense Establishment Archives
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet

“He should demand tanks and Phantoms immediately. He should say ‘SOS’ to Kissinger,” Prime Minister Golda Meir told her colleagues in the heat of the Yom Kippur War. “They don’t love Jews at all. Jews are weak – or worse. They’ll throw us to the dogs.” 

To mark the 48th anniversary of the war, which began on October 6, 1973, the Israel State Archives released 61 historical documents, 1,229 pages in all, providing a new behind-the-scenes glimpse of the drama. The materials include passages from the prime minister’s war diary, minutes of meetings in her office and of cabinet meetings and consultations on diplomatic and military issues.

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