The six day war ends with a sweeping Israeli victory. On the morning of the seventh day, the entire country awakens to the dawn of a new chapter in its history: secure boundaries, a sense of power, national sentiments and latent messianic aspirations, all of which suddenly find a mass outlet. Six years later, the Yom Kippur War breaks out, bringing in its wake a despairing return to the killing fields and the military cemeteries. It also marks the start of a process of sobering up from feelings of expansion and intoxication with power.
General Gorodish, one of the symbols of the '67 victory, in 1973 is one of the main figures blamed for the military blunders that characterized the first days of the war. No longer a lauded commander sought after by everyone, no longer a young general on a fast track to the post of chief of staff; after '73 Gorodish becomes the "leper" of Israeli society. Everything that earned him esteem six years earlier is now the object of contempt and hate,
Gorodish is the story of a military career that began in the Etz Haim Yeshiva in Jerusalem and ended in a self-imposed exile in Africa. His story exposes the operations of the political and military establishments and national paranoias that influenced the way the generation of sons of Palmachniks was brought up. It also reveals the deepest desires of an entere nation, presiding for six years over an illusory empire.
Gorosish is the story of great generals and ordinary soldiers. It is the story of those who submitted the reckoning of blood and those who paid for it. It is the story of the birth and death of the great Israeli illusion, or as one of the heroes of the play puts it:
it was the finest year of Gorodish's life, those were the fallacious years of his life.