Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Monday that from Israel's perspective, Suleiman would be the best candidate to take the reins in Cairo. Speaking to Israel Radio, the former defense minister said Suleiman is a patriot who "loves Egypt" and views relations with Israel as a "cornerstone" of Cairo's strategic policy.
For years Ben-Eliezer, a native Arabic speaker, enjoyed a close relationship with Mubarak, and said he had been in touch with the deposed leader “every day for 20 to 30 minutes" during the revolution that ended his three-decade rule over a year ago.
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