Golda Meir, who became Israel's fourth prime minister on March 17, 1969. "Being 70 is not a sin," she reportedly said after becoming premier at the start of her eighth decade. AP

A Golda Anniversary: How Meir Became Israel’s First (And Only) Female Prime Minister

At the start of March 1969, Israelis did not consider the 70-year old a serious contender for the premiership — but just three weeks later she had the job. Here's how history was made 50 years ago

When Levi Eshkol died of a heart attack on February 26, 1969, the Israeli public may have been surprised but no one in the leadership of the ruling Mapai party was. The prime minister was only 73 but he had...

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