Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, 1936-2016: From Scared Iraqi Immigrant Boy to an Israeli Political Giant

Known for his sense of humor, Iraq-born senior Labor Party politician was first Israeli minister to meet with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, and served as a minister in Israeli governments throughout the '90s and '00s. His later life was marred by a corruption scandal.

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Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, the former defense minister and Labor Party leader, died Sunday at Ichilov Hospital, Tel Aviv. He was 80 years old.