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An interesting piece on Golda Meir

Le Figaro has an item on Golda Meir, noting that the modest former official residence of Israeli prime ministers is to be turned into a museum.

It notes, 'It was here in the kitchen, and without standing on ceremony, that Golda Meir... used to convene ministerial meetings'.

Meir was quite a character, and Ben-Gurion referred to her as 'the only man in my government'. Although not the first female head of government, she is - to my knowledge - the only woman in modern times to have led a country during a life or death war, to whit, the Yom Kippur war of '73. I cannot find the reference, but there is a tale of her being told of the attacks by the Arab states and declaring in Yiddish, 'Nur das fullt mir' ('Now that's all I need'). A bit of googling etc shows that she was played by Ingrid Bergman in a TV mini-series, which is just way too surreal, frankly.

Getting a little closer to home, I'm strongly in favour of our elected leaders living in comparatively modest housing, and while 10 Downing Street is hardly a shoebox, it is a good deal less showy than the White House, or across the Channel, the Matignon or Elysee palaces.
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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 1:08 pm

Whilst I accept she had an enviable record in defending her country so to did Maggie and Indira Ghandi  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:12 pm

All very true, and going back a few centuries, Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great make most of their male counterparts look pretty feeble.  



Blogger phone cam foolery said... 1:58 pm

I always used to wonder how anybody could be that ugly with only one head.  



Anonymous mend and patch said... 9:57 pm

To pcf. Perhaps you did not have Grandparents and Great Uncles and Great Aunts nearby for your early years. It is a joy to see elderly change and remember different faces, all pleasant, each one. http://www.uwm.edu/Library/digilib/Golda/index.html  



Blogger barbara worth said... 9:26 pm

I always though the casting of Paul Newman and Eva Marie Sainte in "Exodus" was pretty surreal ...  



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