(1936 - )
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer was born in Iraq in 1936 and immigrated to Israel in 1949.
Ben-Eliezer served in the Israel
Defense Forces (IDF) as a career officer, serving as a commander in the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom
Kippur War (1973). He was a member of the IDF Military Mission to
Singapore (1970-73). In 1977 he was appointed First Commanding Officer in
Southern Lebanon, serving as the IDF liaison with the Christian between
Israel and Lebanon. Ben-Eliezer
served as IDF Commander in Judea and Samaria (1978-81) and Government
Coordinator of Activities in the Administered Areas (1983-84).
In 1984 Ben-Eliezer was elected to the Knesset on the
Yahad list headed by Ezer Weizman, which subsequently joined the Labour
Alignment. He has been a Labour member of the Knesset, serving
on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security.
In July 1999 he was appointed Minister of
Communications and Deputy Prime Minister, and in August 2000 was also
assigned the Construction and Housing portfolio, serving in these positions
until March 2001.
In July 1999 he was appointed Minister of Communications and
Deputy Prime Minister, and in August 2000 was also assigned the Construction
and Housing portfolio, serving in these positions until March 2001.
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer served as Minister of Defense from March 2001
until October 2002, when he resigned from the government together with
the other Labor ministers.
In January 2005 he was appointed Minister of National
Infrastructures. He resigned his post at the end of
November with the resignation of Labor from the government.
In May 2006 Eliezer Ben-Eliezer was appointed Minister
of National Infrastructures, a position he held until 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor.
He is married and the father of five.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo used with permission of the Knesset