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First Israel, now his own street in Beverly Hills

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 30, 2010 | 10:44 pm

Theodor Herzl already has a city named in his honor, and I assume this won’t be his first street, but Beverly Hills on Sunday will rename a block of Clark Drive after the founder of modern Zionism:

The new street name was proposed to the city council by Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad, apparently the first and only Iranian Jewish immigrant at the helm of an American city.

Two council members objected to the name change, fearing a possible breach in the separation of church and state, but they were outvoted.

Israeli Consul General Yaakov Dayan warmly supported the Delshad initiative. “It gives me tremendous pride to see a piece of Israel’s heritage and culture amidst this beautiful city,” Dayan said.

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