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Israelis You Should Know: Liza Shevetz

Liza Shevetz (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Behind every strong leader, powerful politician, or founding father, there are many who work behind the scenes in order for good to be done and history to be made. The Jewish state recently lost one of these people, Ynet News' Itay Blumental reports, when Liza Shevetz, the longtime secretary of the first Israeli prime minister, passed away at the age of 103. May her memory be a blessing.

Shevetz, who was born as Liza Welbel and immigrated to Israel in 1938, studied at the Hebrew Gymnasium in Poland. She later became the secretary of the leader of the Yishuv Ben-Gurion (the Jewish community in British Mandate Palestine), who eventually became the first prime minister. She continued to serve as Ben-Gurion's secretary until he decided to retire from political life and move to Kibbutz Sdeh Boker in the Negev.

"In one of the conversations with Ben-Gurion, he asked me if I was happy with my work and I told him that I always choose to work with the person I love. He then told me, 'so do I,'" she told Ynet in September. "When I retired, I used to go to him often when people came over for meetings. They would send a car to pick me up and take me to Sdeh Boker, and there I recorded all the interviews he had with people."

In an interview after Shimon Peres' death, Shevetz said that Peres, while still a young politician, was a dominant figure in Ben-Gurion's circle. "He was very popular and appreciated by him. He was very devoted, and Ben-Gurion simply loved it...

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