My trips to Israel have given me the impression that Golda Meir is a bigger hero in the United States than in Israel. In America, we see her as a great leader and an example of tolerance toward women. Some in Israel believe her to be a weak leader whose indecisiveness during the Yom Kippur War brought Israel within a whisker of being driven into the sea. My friend Avi who was a tank commander in the Sinai puts the blame for Israel’s near-defeat during the first few days of the Yom Kippur war squarely on the shoulders of Ms. Meir. On the other hand, my friend Chaim, who served on the Syrian front that Yom Kippur, disagrees, he says that today’s leadership lacks a pair of “brass balls” like Golda.