Maoz notes the self-serving motives ascribed to Nixon:
Some revisionists have taken to claiming Nixon's actions on behalf of
were prompted by Golda Meir, who supposedly threatened to go public with all manner of juicy political and personal information she had on the president. Another commonly cited blackmail scenario, popularized by the play Golda's Balcony, has Meir putting the squeeze on Nixon by threatening to use nuclear weapons. Israel
But Mordechai Gazit, who at the time of the Yom Kippur War was director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office, told authors Gerald Strober and Deborah Hart Strober in Nixon: An Oral History of His Presidency: “The airlift was decided not because we asked for it. Our relations with the
were not at a point where we could have asked for an airlift; this was beyond our imagination.” United States
As for Meir herself, to the end of her life she referred to Nixon as "my president" and told a group of Jewish leaders in
Washingtonshortly after the war: “For generations to come, all will be told of the miracle of the immense planes from the bringing in the materiel that meant life to our people.” United States
Wrote Nixon biographer Stephen E. Ambrose:
Nixon still won't get credit and will always be associated more with Watergate than with anything else.
But in October 1973, a different side of Nixon showed itself.