Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir and U.S. President Richard Nixon

Levey Talk on US Airlift During ’73 War

Schusterman Visiting Israel Studies Scholar, Zach Levey, Presents Special Lecture on the U.S. Airlift to Israel During 1973 Yom Kippur War

Join CU Boulder’s Department of Political Science, the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of History for a special lecture with the visiting Schusterman Professor in Israel Studies, Political Science and International Affairs at CU Boulder, Zach Levey on Thursday, October 28 at 5 PM on the CU campus, Humanities Building, room 1B80.

Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir and U.S. President Richard Nixon

In October 1973 the United States airlifted to Israel arms unprecedented in both quantity and quality. In that manner the Nixon administration raised the U.S.- Israeli strategic relationship to a new level. How did this come about? Professor Zach Levey uses U.S. and Israeli archival material, made available in recent years, to shed new light on this historical turning point.

Levey has served as the Visiting Schusterman Israel Studies Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder since the fall of 2009.  He received his PhD in 1994 from Hebrew University and comes to Boulder from the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa where he has taught

Schusterman Visiting Scholar, Zach Levey

courses in international relations since 1997. Professor Levey specializes in the Cold War, Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli foreign policy and Great Power involvement in the Middle East. He is currently completing work on a new book titled “Israel in Africa, 1956-1974.”

This lecture is free and open to the public but RSVP’s are required as space is limited.  Please contact Jamie Polliard at 303.492.7143 or via email at For more information, visit

About Jamie Polliard

Assistant Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder

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  1. Dear Friends of Israel,

    The Broadway play, "Golda's Balcony," showcased the harrowing context of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In the denouement, Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir had to make it known to then President Nixon that Israel had loaded its bombs (nuclear) and would take out her enemies rather than submit to a successful Arab invasion. Immediately after, in the play, the USA conducted one of the most intensive and sustained airlifts of resupply weaponry in the period of the Cold War. On this basis, Israel stood down her nuclear arsenal and used the new equipment to defeat the Arab initiated hostilities. If anyone can remember the world-wide tensions of the John F. Kennedy era Cold War standoff with the Soviet Union over nuclear bomb installations in Cuba, one can grasp the tensions in the events of 1973. This airlift was not minor and this game-changer in the Middle East reverberates in geo-politics today.

    Please come to learn more from Professor Levey.