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Israeli MK: Suleiman Stabilized Mideast

Former Defense Minister says Suleiman contributed to maintenance of peace and will be missed.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/19/2012, 6:41 PM

Binyamin Ben Eliezer
Binyamin Ben Eliezer
Flash 90

Former Minister of Defense, MK Binyamin Ben Eliezer (Labor), expressed his sorrow Thursday over the death of General Omar Suleiman, the former Egyptian Head of Intelligence.

"I feel deep sorrow over the death of Omar Suleiman, an Egyptian and Arab patriot, an important leader who contributed much to the security and strength of Egypt," Ben Eliezer said.

"In his extensive activity, his personality and his trustworthiness, Suleiman made a meaningful contribution to stability in the Middle East," he added. "He has a meaningful contribution to the maintenance of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and to its being honored. I will miss him."

Suleiman was one of the most trusted senior officials in the regime of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, and in the waning days of the ousted leader, he was appointed vice president to Mubarak before the entire 32-year-old regime was torn down.