Former long time mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 95, will be buried in an official national ceremony at the plot designated for Israel’s most distinguished leaders, the Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies has decided. He will be laid to rest at in Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem on Thursday.
Kollek will be laid in state that morning outside Jerusalem’s municipal building at Safra Square where the public will be able to bid farewell to their beloved mayor. From there the coffin will be transferred to Mt. Herzl for the funeral.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who succeeded Kollek as mayor of Jerusalem in 1993, eulogized his former opponent:
"Teddy Kollek was one of the builders of the new Jerusalem after the 1967 Six Day War. When he was elected mayor [in 1965], Jerusalem was a divided city with a status unworthy of itself. When he left the mayor's office in 1993, Jerusalem was a great, modern and united city. Teddy Kollek sang Jerusalem's praises around the world. He decisively influenced the city's way of life, culture, vistas, institutions as well as the relationships of its residents. His name will always be an inseparable part of Jerusalem's glory.
“Teddy Kollek was not active only in Jerusalem. Before his election as mayor, he was an aide to David Ben-Gurion. He also greatly contributed to the diplomatic and military efforts that led to the State of Israel's independence in 1948. He served as Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office for over ten years. The Government and people of Israel bow their heads in deep sorrow at the passing of one the state's great founding fathers and share in the grief of his widow Tamar and the Kollek family," the prime minister said.