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This Happened - March 17: Golda Meir's Rise To The Top

Golda Meir became the Prime Minister of Israel on this day in 1969, following the resignation of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. She was the first woman to hold the position in Israel and one of the few female leaders in the world at the time.

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Who was Golda Meir?

Golda Meir was an Israeli politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1898 and immigrated to Palestine with her family in 1906. She played a key role in the establishment of the State of Israel and was a prominent member of the Israeli government for many years.

What happened when Golda Meir was Prime Minister?

During her time as Prime Minister, Golda Meir oversaw the Israeli response to the Munich Olympics massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists. She also presided over the Yom Kippur War, in which Israel faced an attack from Egypt and Syria. In addition, she initiated a number of social and economic reforms in Israel, including improving healthcare and education.

How did Golda Meir's gender affect her role as Prime Minister?

As the first female Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir faced challenges and discrimination from some members of the government and society. However, she was also respected and admired for her strong leadership and determination.

How long was Golda Meir Prime Minister for?

Golda Meir served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. She resigned in April 1974, following criticism of the government's handling of the Yom Kippur War.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Why Poland's Break With Ukraine Weakens All Enemies Of Russia — Starting With Poland

Poland’s decision to stop sending weapons to Ukraine is being driven by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's short-term electoral calculus. Yet the long-term effects on the world stage could deeply undermine the united NATO front against Russia, and the entire Western coalition.

Photo of ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Bartosz T. Wieliński


WARSAW — Poland has now moved from being the country that was most loudly demanding that arms be sent to Ukraine, to a country that has suddenly announced it was withholding military aid. Even if Poland's actions won't match Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s words, the government has damaged the standing of our country in the region, and in NATO.

“We are no longer providing arms to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland,” the prime minister declared on Polsat news on Wednesday evening. He didn’t specify which type of arms he was referring to, but his statement was quickly spread on social media by leading figures of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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When news that Poland would be withholding arms to Ukraine made their way to the headlines of the most important international media outlets, no politician from PiS stepped in to refute the prime minister’s statement. Which means that Morawiecki said exactly what he meant to say.

The era of tight Polish-Ukrainian collaboration, militarily and politically, has thus come to an end.

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