‘The world doesn’t like Jews, let alone weak Jews’

In opening days of the Yom Kippur War, Israel’s leaders were certain that the international community had abandoned them.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Golda Meir, Yom Kippur War
Golda Meir with then-US Secretary of State William Rogers in 1969. Photo: MILNER MOSHE/GPO

Israel today enjoys staunch support from the United States (though that has waned in recent years) and can even reasonably count on a number of European, African and Asian countries to have its back.

But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, Israel’s leadership just a short five decades ago was convinced that the international community was ready to sacrifice the Jewish state on an altar of history.

Documents declassified a couple years ago revealed that then-Prime Minister Golda Meir and her IDF generals believed that the world, including the “Christian” West, was entirely unsympathetic to Israel as it faced a devastating surprise invasion on Yom Kippur 1973 that threatened the Jewish state’s very existence.

“The situation is unsympathetic on both fronts,” the IDF brass is recorded as telling Meir on the second day of the war, referring to the coordinated joint invasion by both Egypt and Syria.

Israel’s first and only female prime minister responded: “The little help we have from the international community will disappear, they will throw us to the dogs. They don’t like Jews, let alone weak Jews.”

Meir went on to press her generals to hit the Egyptians and Syrians as hard as possible, to deliver “severe blows” in hopes of forcing the international community to intervene. Israel would go on to not only repel both invading armies, but to launch counter-invasions into both Egypt and Syria that threatened Cairo and Damascus, respectively. At that point, the international community did indeed step in and end the war before Israel could humiliate its enemies by forcing their surrender.

Perhaps Golda was right. Perhaps Israel only enjoys relatively broad support today because in the decades after 1973 it grew into a proven military, technological and economic powerhouse.


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2 responses to “‘The world doesn’t like Jews, let alone weak Jews’”

  1. Vernon Ryan says:

    The end of Israel will only happen if the covenant of the Lord with day and night is broken by the Lord. He is not a covenant breaker. Jeremiah 33:19-26

  2. Lois Heal Bright says:

    Thank you. Your article brought back vivid memories of the week in Oct. ‘73, when Israel was attacked. I had just received news of my brother’s injuries from a bad car accident and as I prayed for my brother, I was aware of a simultaneous deep burden within me for Israel. I hadn’t heard news of Israel, but I was sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit and I remember my tears as I held Israel up before God, along with Romans 11:29, ”For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”. I knew God was intervening for Israel’s needs.
    “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (Jn. 15:13) God loves our world, and my prayers continue today for the entirety of the Middle East to know God’s love for them in giving His Son, Jesus, for our redemption, and to respond to Him. God is faithful!

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