Slain Minister to be memorialized in Jordan Valley

Finance Minister Kahlon refuses to help fund memorial for former Minister Rechavam Ze'evi, murdered by an Arab terrorist during Intifada.

Uzi Baruch,

Rechavam Ze'evi
Rechavam Ze'evi
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Exclusive: The government of Israel is scheduled to approve on Sunday the construction of a memorial for former Minister Rechavam Ze'evi in the Jordan Valley.

Arutz Sheva has learned that there is currently no funding for the construction of the memorial for the former Tourism Minister, who was assassinated by an Arab terrorist in 2001. Attempts are currently underway to procure funds from various government ministries.

Arutz Sheva also learned that the Finance Ministry, headed by Moshe Kahlon, does not intend to participate in funding the memorial.

The exact location for the memorial has not yet been determined, but an agreement has been reached that the memorial will be located in the Jordan Valley.

Rehavam Ze'evi was a general in the Israel Defense Forces, an Israeli politician and a cabinet minister. He was nicknamed Gandhi at a young age and the name stuck.

In 1942, Ze'evi joined the Palmach pre-state armed forces and later served in the Israel Defence Forces after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. During the War of Independence he served as a platoon commander; during the 1967 Six Day War, he was part of the Central Staff.

Ze'evi retired from the IDF in September 1973, holding the rank of Major-General. However, when the Yom Kippur War broke out in October 1973, he rejoined.

After his IDF retirement, he founded the right-wing Moledet party and served in the Knesset in various ministerial positions.

On October 17, 2001, Ze'evi was assassinated in a Jerusalem hotel on Mount Scopus by four Palestinian terrorists belonging to the terror group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).