Dr Mike Evans

Former Knesset minister Aharon Yadlin dead at 96

Former Knesset Minister Aharon has died at the age of 96. Yadlin served in the nation’s leadership from 1960-1979 and received the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement in 2010.

Several key people across the nation offered statements and condolences at the loss of the long-time Israeli leader.

“The loss of Aharon Yadlin hurts,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a statement. “More than anything, Aharon Yadlin was Mr. Education. Along with being one of the leaders of the Labor and settlement movement in Israel, a man of vision and action, Aharon was an educator and a teacher in all aspects. His many years of work in the Knesset and in the government for the education and future of the children of Israel will be a living monument to him for years to come.

“In his lifetime he won many awards – including the Israel Prize, but most of all we won him and his contributions. I loved and appreciated him very much. My condolences to his family, including my friend, his son, General (Res.) Amos Yadlin and to all his loved ones and those who cherish his memory. May his memory be a blessing,” Herzog added.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid also shared a statement in tribute to Yadlin.

“The State of Israel says goodbye today to Aharon Yadlin, a man of earth and spirit. He was an Israel Prize laureate, Minister of Education and a public advocate from head to toe,” Lapid wrote.

“Yadlin, who led the concept that education must be the top priority of the State of Israel, cared for the children’s future, and invested the best of his years in education, was one of the founders of Beit Berl, who continues his path in teaching studies,” he added.

In addition to his work in the Knesset, Yadlin served the Labor Party in Israel as an education minister from 1974-1977.