Despite being scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant this week, presidential candidate Binyamin Ben Eliezer, looking remarkably fit, showed up on Tuesday at the Israel Independence Day reception that President Shimon Peres traditionally hosts for past and present commanders, chiefs of staff, and defense ministers from the War of Independence to the present day.

In addition to being a former defense minister, Ben Eliezer, who has the rank of brigadier general, is a former career soldier who served as a commander in the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War, was wounded in the War of Attrition, and was the first Israeli commanding officer in Southern Lebanon serving as the military liaison between Lebanese Christian militias and the IDF.

From 1978-81, he was military governor of Judea and Samaria, and was the coordinator of government activities in the territories from 1983 to 1984.


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