GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1969-1974: Golda Meir serves as Israeli prime minister, becoming the world's second female head of government.

Kiev-born and Milwaukee-raised Golda Meir emigrated to Palestine in 1921. After holding positions in Israel's first government beginning in 1948 -- as an ambassador, a member of the Knesset, and foreign minister for 10 years -- Meir assumes the role of prime minister upon the death of Levi Eshkol in 1969. Under her leadership, Israel strengthens relations with the U.S. Presiding over Israel during the Yom Kippur War, Meir is harshly criticized for Israel's lack of preparedness against the surprise attack. In April 1974 she resigns, despite having won the election a few months earlier. She dies at age 80 in December 1978.

PBS Israel Country Overview
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights /lo/countries/il/il_overview.html

This country report summarizes the economic development of Israel from 1910 to the present and can be explored by category and by year.


WWW Golda Meir
http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/biography/meir.html

A biography of Golda Meir