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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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Russian Air Strikes, Sudan Ceasefire Talks Continue, Seismic “Rock” Music

The view of a residential building damaged by Russian drone air strikes in Kyiv, after Moscow launched a series of attacks on the Ukrainian capital and several other cities.

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Welcome to Monday, where Russia launches a new series of air strikes on Ukraine ahead of Moscow’s World War II Victory Day, Sudan’s warring sides meet again for ceasefire talks in Saudi Arabia and a computer program gives a new meaning to “rock” music. Meanwhile, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda features exclusive testimony from children who managed to escape Russia’s so-called “filtration camps.”

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