Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Golda's President

Jason Maoz on a Watergate-weakened President's iron determination after Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on Yom Kippur in 1973:

What is clear, from the preponderance of information provided by those directly involved in the unfolding events, is that President Richard Nixon — overriding inter-administration objections and bureaucratic inertia — implemented a breathtaking transfer of arms, code-named Operation Nickel Grass, that over a four-week period involved hundreds of jumbo U.S. military aircraft delivering more than 22,000 tons of armaments.
Mr. Nixon earned the ire of the Arab oil sheiks and the undying affection of Israel's prime minister:

As for [Golda] Meir herself, to the end of her life she referred to Nixon as "my president" and told a group of Jewish leaders in Washington shortly after the war: “For generations to come, all will be told of the miracle of the immense planes from the United States bringing in the materiel that meant life to our people.”

Hat tip to Mike Cheever

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