Francine Klagsbrun

When Golda Meir Ran for Mayor of Tel Aviv, Won the Most Votes, and Lost the Election

What Golda compromised when she ran for mayor of Tel Aviv—and the consequences for Israel. 

[In 1955,] Golda Meyerson ran for mayor of Tel Aviv. She let everyone know that she did this for the party. She had no interest in giving up her job as labor minister, she said, but [Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion wanted someone from Mapai [his party] to gain control of this key post, and he chose her. …But getting the job was not so easy, even for the popular Mrs. Meyerson. 

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