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    Golda Meir Autograph Note (unsigned), two pages, 6.25" x 4", [n.p.], May 2, 1972. Late Prime Minister Golda Meir writes "I read on Newsweek that B.G. [Ben Gurion] said that he's willing to return everything [all the occupied territories] except Jerusalem. I know that he said it here. It is very severe if he's also saying that towards outside [of Israel] and he's now going abroad. He's also quoted there saying that there's a danger that a horrible war will breakout and it is needed to hurry and do something and that at the same time that the four (the US, France, England and the U.N.) are meeting." This historically important document relates to Ben-Gurion's position regarding the occupied territories and his prediction of war if there was no political overture toward the United States, France, England and the United Nations. Meir's belief that support was possible mainly from the United States in the event of hostilities is reflected in this note, and her lack of foresight is evident. On October 6, 1973 Egypt and Syria attacked Israel, six hours after Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan and Israeli general, David Elazar had met to argue their views for and against the possibility of war. Dayan did not believe that war was imminent, Elazar was in favor of a pre-emptive attack against Syrian forces, and Meir decided against a pre-emptive attack. The name "Golda" was written by the letter's recipient at top. Very fine condition with exception of rust stain from a paperclip.

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