Anger most grandmothers and you’re sure to get a time-out or denied your milk and cookies. Anger this grandmother and she orders one the most far-reaching and deadliest covert operations of all time.

Whatever your view on the region’s politics, there’s no denying Golda Meir’s (1898-1978) place in history as the “Iron Lady” of Israel.

Born in Russia Meir’s family fled the pogroms and found themselves in America. Meir was a pistol early on. Working to help support the family, organizing fundraisers for disadvantaged classmates at school, and later becoming a suffragist and labor activist, Meir proved her mettle as a force to be reckoned with.

Meir married and moved to Palestine in 1917. She traveled back and forth between Palestine and the US raising funds for settlements. Her skills did not go unnoticed and after settling with her family in Jerusalem, Meir went to work in politics.

The Nation of Israel was formed in 1947 and Meir was along for the ride working her way up the ranks until she was made Prime Minister in 1969.

In 1972, 11 Jewish athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics in what came to be known as the “Munich Massacre”. Meir, outraged at what she felt was a lack of action on behalf of the world governments, formed Committee X and authorized “Operation Wrath of God” in which the Israeli Mossad tracked down and assassinated members of Black September and the PLO who were believed to have been involved in the Olympic plot.

30+ years later and the reverberations are still being felt and the controversy still ensues. The sheer amount of intel needed to pull off such an op is something few people can get their heads around. Many missteps occurred resulting in the loss of innocent life. No one is entirely sure how long this op even lasted. It is suspected to have gone on for 20 or more years.

But the Iron Lady continued on until severe criticism over Israel’s lack of preparedness in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 contributed to Meir eventually resigning and retiring in 1974.

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