Golda Meir
A Remarkable Leader of Israel

Golda Meir
May 3,1898 - December 8, 1978

Offices Held

o The Prime Minister of Israel March 17, 1969 to June 3, 1974. She was thought of as the
"Iron Lady" of Iraeli Politics by her Colleagues for her strong-will and straight-talk.

o Minister of Internal Affairs 1970.

o Minister of Foreign Affairs 1956 - 1966.

o Minister of Labour 1949 - 1956.

Personal Details

Born: Golda Mabovich on May 3, 1898 at Kiev, Russian Empire (Ukraine); died December 8, 1978.

Spouse: married Morris Myerson in 1917; later, Golda modified her last name to Meir.

Children: Menachem 1924 - 2014; Sarah 1926 - 2010.

Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Profession: Teacher, Diplomat.

Religion: Judaism

Following below are samples of the wit and wisdom of one of the great world leaders - Golda Meir.

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make
the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."

Golda with Ben Gurion. "It is true we have won all our wars,
but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore."

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot
forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only
have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than
they hate us."

"My dear, old age is like an airplane flying in a storm. Once you're in it there's nothing you
can do. You can't stop a plane, you can't stop a storm, you can't stop time. So you might as well
take it easy, with wisdom."

A White House State dinner following a meeting on 1 March 1973 in the Oval Office concerning
the Middle East which included National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger.

"We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go."

"Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the
desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!"

"We owe a responsibility not only to those who are in Israel but also to those
generations that are no more, to those millions who have died within our lifetime,
to Jews all over the world, and to generations of Jews to come.

We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is
grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel."

It's Not what you Gather, But What you Scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

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