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Polite Skepticism Greets Mrs. Meir’s Announcement She Will Not Be Candidate in 1973

August 9, 1971
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Premier Golda Meir’s announcement, in a BBC interview, that she would not be a candidate for Premier after the 1973 elections was greeted here today with polite skepticism by experts on Israel’s political life. They noted she had retired twice before but on both occasions accepted the leadership of her Mapai Party, becoming first its secretary general and then Israel’s first woman Prime Minister. With the elections two years away, the experts said, there is ample time to persuade Mrs. Meir that her country still needs her in the Premier’s office. On the other hand, it was agreed, the announcement had again raised the issue of succession.

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