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  5/17/2012, Iyar 25, 5772

Gideon Ezra Remembered as Genuine Friend, Fighter


Hundreds of people, including government and political leaders and members of Israel's security services attended the funeral of Knesset member Gid'on Ezra, Thursday afternoon in Cochav Yair. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin praised Ezra's leadership abilities and vowed to continue Ezra's fight against smoking. Shin Bet (Shabak) Israel Security Agency (ISA) chief Yoram Cohen and Police Chief Yochanan Danino remembered him as their mentor. Kadima party chairman Shaul Mofaz remembered Ezra for his contributions to the state and integrity. Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni recalled his backbone and the support he gave then-prime minister Ariel Sharon in setting up the party, adding that Ezra was not a politician but one who swam in political waters without getting wet.

Ezra's son summed up the love and admiration expressed in the eulogies by saying his father belonged to a generation of giants of the ISA and that he had been told, "They don't make them like that anymore." The son said that after his father left the agency, "'G' from the Shabak became Gid'on Ezra, but his warmth, sense of equality and diligence remained."