Uphill Struggle: A New Biography of Golda Meir

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November 2, 2017 15:19

The book reveals the complex character and competing narratives about the legendary Israeli leader

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THEN-LABOR minister Golda Meir attends the opening of the Tel Aviv-Netanya highway in July 1950

THEN-LABOR minister Golda Meir attends the opening of the Tel Aviv-Netanya highway in July 1950. (photo credit:TEDDY BRAUNER/GPO)

In 1958, when she was serving as foreign minister, Golda Meir told a reception in Ghana, “Our neighbors are out to destroy us.”

She was in Africa to cultivate friends for the young Jewish state, which was only 10 years old. African nations were emerging as well from the chains of colonialism. As a Jewish woman, she felt she could connect to these freedom-seeking peoples. There was one problem. Israel was buying weapons from the hated French. She pondered that even if France’s leader was the devil, perhaps they “would regard it as our duty to buy arms from him to keep my people from being annihilated once again.”

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