In this file photograph taken on April 30, 2014, Binyamin Ben Eliezer poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
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Binyamin Ben Eliezer, a veteran Israeli politician who held several top governmental posts and often served as a bridge to the Arab world, died Sunday.A native Arabic speaker, Ben Eliezer was on friendly terms with deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and other Arab leaders and helped bridge gaps between Israel and the Arab world.Former President Shimon Peres, a longtime partner in the Labor Party, was among many Israeli leaders who expressed their sorrow over Ben Eliezer's passing.
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