Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat dedicated a street after Zevulun Hammer, the former minister of education and culture and noted leader of religious Zionism, who died in 1998. Hammer was the first Israeli-born leader of the Mizrachi Zionist religious party, which was transformed into the National Religious Party (NRP).
While leading NRP, a party known for its hawkish stance in peace negotiations with Palestinians, Hammer, who coined the phrase “moderate hawk,” gained national admiration as a pragmatist for presenting a non-confrontational position in talks.“The late Zevulun Hammer was a real example for all of us,” said Barkat during the ceremony. “Throughout his life, Jerusalem was at the center of his activities and there is no more honorable person who deserves to be immortalized.”
Barkat continued, “The educational vision of the Zevulun Hammer still leads the education system and for many years will continue to be a path to guide education standards.”
The ceremony took place Tuesday evening amid council members, family and friends of the late leader at the intersections of Zevulun Hammer and Abba Eban Streets.