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  Adar 15, 5767 , 05/03/07

Ben Eliezer Calls Off Egypt Visit

Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer decided Sunday to call off his planned trip to Egypt, in view of the tension created by the screening of the documentary "Spirit of Shaked" on Israeli TV. The program alleged that soldiers under Ben Eliezer's command killed 250 unarmed Egyptian prisoners of war in 1967.

Ben Eliezer was scheduled to visit Egypt Thursday, to meet the head of Egyptian Intelligence, Omar Suleiman, and hold additional diplomatic meetings.

The minister's bureau announced that "due to the latest publications in the Egyptian media, which by the way are untrue, and in light of the atmosphere which is not conducive to a visit, both sides have agreed to postpone the visit to another date in the near future."

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