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Teddy Kollek Laid to Rest

P.M. Ehud Olmert: "There will never be another Teddy Kollek"

Mayor Lupolianski: "Teddy was Jerusalem and Jerusalem was Teddy"

Hundreds of people pay last tribute to former Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Moshe Katzav and Vice Premier Shimon Peres are just few of the Israeli dignitaries and foreign diplomats who attended the funeral at Mount Herzl National Cemetery. Earlier,  Kollek's coffin laid in state at City Hall's Safra Square, where Jerusalem citizens could pass by and pay tribute to their legendary Mayor.

Peres, Olmert, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupiolanski and a tearful Dalia Itzik, the Knesset speaker, all eulogized Kollek, at the cemetery's section of Israel's great leaders.

Olmert, who beat Kollek  in the 1993 elections, and ended his 28-year tenure as mayor, said his predecessor was responsible for turning Jerusalem into Israel's capital:"There were mayors before him who built and worked and contributed to the city, and there will be after him. But there will never be another Teddy Kollek."

Kollek's Resting Place

"The name of Kollek will remain forever a part of the Jerusalem scene," said Olmert. "The government and people of Israel bow their heads in deep sorrow at the passing of one of the giants among the founding fathers of the state."

"When you went to sleep, and when you woke up, only one thing was on your mind: Jerusalem," said Lupolianski. "With his spirit and personality he symbolized the true unified Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. The city of Jerusalem and the entire state are indebted to Teddy for his tremendous contribution to the people of Israel, the state and its capital."

In 1988, Kollek was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Israel Prize, for his contributions to building the modern Jerusalem. Kollek is survived by his widow Tamar, son Amos and daughter Osnat.

PM Olmert
VP Peres
Mayor Lupolianski

 

The Wife Tamar
MK's Rivlin and Itzik
Mk Itzik, PM Olmert and President Katzav

 



 


 

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