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Golda’s War Diaries

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2023
  • 73 min.
  • Director(s): Yariv Mozer
  • Producer(s): Rinat Klein, Dorit Hessel, Michal Weits


To mark the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Israel’s National Archive has released the official protocols of Prime Minister Golda Meir’s office from the time of the Yom Kippur War, documents unknown to the public until now. Dozens of stenograms and other documents describe what took place in Israel’s seat of power at the time, including accounts of the minor moments that led to major decisions during the war. These documents leave no room for doubt. Despite the conventional image of “Golda” and the myth of her shortcomings during the war, what these documents show is that she actually managed the war effort vigorously and assertively; she convinced the U.S. to send military aid, saving Israel from the clutches of defeat, and bringing about its victory. Despite the war’s steep cost, the facts show that Golda did not fail. In fact, Israel’s achievements resulting from the war made it possible, five years later, to reach a peace agreement with Egypt.

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Yariv Mozer


Rinat Klein, Dorit Hessel, Michal Weits


Yariv Mozer


Shahar Reznik


Yasmine Novak

Original Music

Tal Yardeni

Original Language



English, Hebrew

Hosted By

Danny Kushmaro

Production Company


Produced with the help of

The Film & Media Collaborative of Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, AVI CHAI & Maimonides Fund


Keshet 12

Sound Designer

Shahaf Wagshal

Artistic Director

Itiel Zion

Based on the book

"A DAY WILL COME AND THE ARCHIVES WILL BE OPENED" Golda Meir’s Government and Yom Kippur War by Hagai Tzoref and Meir Boumfeld