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        8/26/2012, Elul 8, 5772

      Barkat Inaugurates Street Named After Former NRP MK

      Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat inaugurated on Sunday a street named after the late Zerach Warhaftig, a former Knesset member and Minister of Religious Affairs, who headed Hapoel HaMizrachi which later merged with Mizrachi to form the National Religious Party.

      Zerach Warhaftig was a delegate in the 17th through the 21st Zionist Congresses and helped thousands of Jews escape from the Nazis during World War II. He came to Israel before its establishment in 1048 and was elected to the Provisional State Council. He was one of signatories of the Declaration of Independence. He joined the Knesset after the 1961 elections and remained an MK until 1981.