Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir broke into her busy was schedule on Monday (15 October) to visit some of her country's estimated 2,000 wounded soldiers.
Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir broke into her busy was schedule on Monday (15 October) to visit some of her country's estimated 2,000 wounded soldiers. Accompanied by aides, she called at the big Tel Hashomer hospital, near Tel Aviv, to tour three wards filled with casualties. Mrs. Meir stopped at several bedsides to chat with patients, asking them how they felt and whether their families were informed of their injuries.
Officials close to her say the 75 year-old Prime Minister has been working 18 hours a day during the War and subsisting on cigarettes and black coffee. In a speech to the Knesset (Parliament) on Tuesday, Mrs. Meir said this was a War for the very existence of Israel and the Jewish people.
Meanwhile, in the Israeli cities, attempts are being made to ensure that life continues as smoothly as possible i a situation where many of the menfolks are away at the front. Hundreds of teenagers, some of them American student, answered a newspaper advertisement calling for help to fortify Tel Aviv against possible rocket attack. The people of the city have been asked to put up sandbag fortifications beside apartment walls and to dig air raid trenches in gardens and empty lots. The call followed report that a new type of Soviet missile that was being shipped to Syria had a range that could reach Tel Aviv.
The weapon is a guided missile which can be fired with accuracy at targets between 80 and 150 miles (130 and 240 kilometres).