Teddy Kollek, 1911 – 2007

June 11, 1967: Teddy Kollek arranged for 20,000 bottles of milk for infants to be taken in to the Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters of the Old City in Jerusalem.

Theodor “Teddy” Kollek was an Israeli politician who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, and founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Kollek was re-elected five times, in 1969, 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1989. After reluctantly running for a seventh term in 1993 at the age of 82, he lost to Likud candidate and future Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert.

During his tenure, Jerusalem developed into a modern city, especially after its reunification in 1967.  He was once called “the greatest builder of Jerusalem since King Herod.

On June 26, 2012, Israel Post issued a 9,40 NIS stamp honoring Kollek:

teddy kollek - israel

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