Ora Namir, who following the death of Golda Meir became known as the ‘First Lady’ of Israel’s Labor Party, died on Sunday in Tel Aviv. She was 88 years old.
Born on September 1, 1930 in Hadera as Ora Toib to immigrant parents from the Ukraine, Namir joined the Israel Defense Forces during the War of Independence and became an officer.
After the war, Namir eventually went into politics, joining the Knesset on January 21, 1974, and over the years chaired the Education and Culture Committee, the Joint Committee on Juvenile Delinquency, the Labor and Welfare Committee and the Subcommittee for Sport. She was also a member of several other committees.
President Reuven Rivlin said that Namir’s passing was “very sad indeed.”