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Former minister Professor Yuval Ne'eman died Wednesday in the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Ne'eman, who was brought to the hospital three days earlier after suffering a severe brain stroke, died at the age of 81.

Ne'eman had served as head of the Israeli intelligence division and head of the atomic energy committee.

He was also the founder of Israel's space program.

In the late 1970s, Ne'eman founded the Tehiya movement - a Likud breakaway party - in opposition to the Camp David talks that paved the way for peace with Egypt and the evacuation of Yamit. He served as Tehiya representative in the Knesset.

Between 1990 and 1992 Ne'eman served as science and energy minister in Yitzhak Shamir's government.