As Barack Obama continues to demonstrate his ineptness at fighting the war against radical Islamic terrorists, it is clear that we would all be much safer if he could learn from a strong-willed, straight-talking, chain-smoking, grey-haired, former teacher who fought terrorists over four decades ago, despite the objections of an appeasement-minded world. That grey-haired lady was Golda Meir.
My trips to Israel have given me the impression that that Golda Meir is a bigger hero in the United States than in Israel. In America we see her as a great leader and an example of tolerance toward women. Some in Israel believe her to be a weak leader whose indecisiveness during the Yom Kippur War brought Israel within a whisker of being driven into the sea. My friend Avi who was a tank commander in the Sinai, puts the blame for Israel’s near defeat during the first few days of the Yom Kippur war squarely on the shoulders of Ms. Meir. On the other hand, my friend Chaim, who served on the Syrian front that Yom Kippur, disagrees, he says that today’s leadership lacks a pair of “brass balls” like Golda.
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