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Shlomo Lahat, former Tel Aviv mayor, dies at 87
Shlomo Lahat, former Tel Aviv mayor, dies at 87

Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday in a Tel Aviv hospital, his family said. He was 87. Israeli media said Lahat had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. Born in Berlin in 1927, Lahat moved with his parents to Palestine in 1933. As a teenager he joined the Haganah military group and rose to the rank of major general in the Israeli army. He went into politics in 1973 and that year was elected Tel Aviv mayor, remaining in office until 1993. Known popularly as "Chich," Lahat was formally affiliated with the hard-line Likud Party, but he became a strong...

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