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December 15, 1978 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-15

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MEM- KM LWISIINIEWS

Golda Meir Israel's Founding Mother

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

President as her husband. some $50 million.
The _fact that she had
When America, after the
Americans speak of the ratification of the Declara- lived in America no
"founding fathers" but not tion of Independence, doubt is important in her
of the founding mothers. Is- needed money for arms, story. She was an Israeli
rael is the first land with a John Adams was sent but she was also an
"founding mother" — Golda abroad to get some, but Mrs. American. She wrote in
Meir.
Adams was not sent.
her autobiography that
There were many able
When Israel, after her when President Truman
women in America at the declaration of indepen- recognized the state of Is-
time of the struggle for in- dence, also faced an empty rael, while all Israel re-
dependence. If you read the treasury, GOlda Meir was joiced, she felt that her
letters of Abigail Adams, sent to America to get it. To joy was greater„ because
wife of John Adams, you be sure, Ben-Gurion first of her American back-
may conclude that she could proposed to go himself but ground.
have been as able a Golda Meir vetoed the idea.
Golda was not the first

"Ben-Gurion," she said, woman'. in America to raise
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she came back to Israel with ling on Jews to re-establish
their ancient state. Later
Emma Lazarus, one of
whose poems is inscribed on
the Statue of Liberty wel-
coming the immigrants to
America, also turned
Zionist, and wrote a poem
calling for a rebirth of the
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Maccabean spirit and the
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George Eliot, in "Daniel De-
ronda," had anticipated
Theodor Herzl in calling for
the re-establishment of the
Jewish state.
Golda Meir knew of the
Jewish tragedy more di-
rectly. As a little child in
Russia, she had seen her
carpenter father climb a
ladder to nail a board
against the door to protect

the home from a scheduled
pogrom. The next day the
hooligans would be visiting
the Jewish homes to rob and
kill. When the family
moved to Milwaukee, she
could not forget this. She
enlisted in the Zionist
struggle. The land of Israel
that she came to was then
no land of milk and honey.
Zionism offered no soft
berths. Nothing, but hard
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she was too interested in
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woman was significant
worldwide in two ways: in
advancing indirectly the
cause of women's political
liberation and at the same
time drawing greater world
attention to Israel itself.

Golda became not only a
symbol of Israel nationhood
but broader than that, a
world figure.

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