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| Grandeur restored on Jerusalem's Ben Maimon boulevard, home to our first PMs

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Sunday, 15 September 10:08 AM

So here’s my question: If Levi Eshkol were running in elections today, would the party he headed have won? Probably not. For Levi Eshkol, one of the founders of our first kibbutz, the Hagana Defense Forces, and the Histadrut Workers’ Union, who was the force behind our water transportation system, launched our booming economy, forged our “special relationship” with America and served as prime minister during the Six-Day War, wasn’t a dashing figure, a gifted public speaker or unusually charismatic. Ergo he, and his party, probably wouldn’t have stood a chance – because today it is all about the candidate’s image.

But in the sixties, voters looked beyond the surface. Thus Eshkol was elected in 1963 and reigned as prime minister until his death in office in 1969. During that time, he lived in the Prime Ministers’ Residence, a house on Ben Maimon boulevard in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem – today a remarkable Visitors’ Center called Beit Levi Eshkol.

Full Story (The Times of Israel)
         
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