• Short Summary

    Mrs. Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel was recently readmitted to hospital for?

  • Description

    1.
    1978. CU Mrs. Golda Meir
    0.10

    2.
    1965. SV & SCU INTERIOR Mrs. Meir greeting Averell Harriman and others at reception (4 shots)
    0.26

    3.
    1969. SV Mrs. Meir shaking hands with President Shazar
    0.32

    4.
    1970. GV PAN Knesset in session, Mr. Meir speaking
    0.43

    5.
    1973. SV Mrs. Meir greeting wounded prisoner on aircraft steps
    0.51

    6.
    CU Moshe Dayan watching
    0.53

    7.
    SV Mrs. Meir down aircraft steps, wounded prisoner brought down, CU Mrs. Meir watching (3 shots)
    1.05

    8.
    CU Wounded man carried down on stretcher, past Mrs. Meir
    1.20

    9.
    1974. MV Car arriving at Prime Minister's office, Mrs. Meir alights and enters building
    1.31

    10.
    SV INTERIOR Mrs. Meir talking to Dr. Henry Kissinger, onlookers clapping
    1.42

    11.
    1977. SV & CU PAN Mrs. Meir talking to President Carter (2 shots)
    1.52

    12.
    SV EXTERIOR Mrs. Meir walking from White House to meet reporters (2 shots)
    1.58

    13.
    CU Mrs. Meir speaking
    2.22

    14.
    GV Audience at news conference, MV & CU Begin and Sadat arrive and shake hands
    2.38

    15.
    SV Mrs. Meir seated with President Sadat, speaking and handing him gift
    3.04


    MEIR: "The Israelis do not accept it. It is not necessary, it is dangerous for Israel. It is a threat to Israel's existence, and of no necessity for the Palestinian refugees."



    REPORTER: "Why don't the Palestinians have rights to a homeland?"



    MEIR: "When did you last hear that there was a Palestinian people who needed a homeland in addition to 20 Arab countries?"



    MEIR: "I want to live and see that date, of peace between the two of us, of peace between all our neighbours and us ... and, Mr. President, as a grandmother to a grandfather.....



    ....and your new grand-daughter. Thank you."




    Initials BB/0340


    TELERECORDING
    NOTE TO EDITORS: This story was first serviced last April as Production Number 3915/78. It has been re-issued for those stations which may not have the earlier story readily available for immediate transmission.
    VISNEWS, LONDON.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Mrs. Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel was recently readmitted to hospital for treatment. This follows a series of hospital visits in recent months. Mrs. Meir, who was 80 last May, retired from office four years ago. Since then she remained active in Israeli Labour Party politics, and was regarded as the elder stateswoman and grandmother figure of the nation.

    SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Meir was russian-born and American-educated. She and her husband first went to Palestine in 1921.

    When she received Mr. Averell Harriman, United States Ambassador at large, in 1965, she was nearing the end of ten years as Foreign Minister. Earlier, she had been Israel's first Ambassador in Moscow, and then Minister of Labour.

    In 1969, President Shazar asked her to form a government. She was 70, and had been three years out of office. But she accepted the call, and her five-year premiership included the searing experience of the 1973 October war.

    When it was over, Mrs. Meir was at Tel Aviv airport to welcome home prisoners of war from egypt. She and Moshe Dayan, her defence Minister, bore the brunt of Israeli criticism that the war had caught the country unprepared. but no-one blamed her more harshly than she blamed herself.

    She wrote later that she had failed to make one vital decision -- to order a call-up early enough -- because she did not quite believe that Egypt and Syria would go to war.

    The strain of war, and the political recriminations that followed exhausted and disillusioned Mrs. Meir, who was by then 75. After seeing her country through the first disengagement agreements with Egypt and Syria, negotiated by Dr. Henry Kissinger, the United States Secretary of State, she decided to retire.

    During a private visit to the United States last November, president Carter invited her to "drop in" to discuss Middle East problems. Her comments on his Palestinian homeland proposals showed she had lost nothing of her capacity for outspoken criticism:
    Mrs. Meir was as ready as the present Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, to welcome President sadat of Egypt on his historic visit to Jerusalem; and, characteristically, she recalled that his daughter had just given Sadat a new grandchild:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAQIDLOC6E6VWABYKUCD9Y3I2
    Media URN:
    VLVAAQIDLOC6E6VWABYKUCD9Y3I2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:04:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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