Kadima MK Gideon Ezra dies of lung cancer at 74 (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/17/12)
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MK Gideon Ezra (Kadima) passed away early Thursday, succumbing to
lung cancer at the age of 74.
Ezra had been a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
as well as a special subcommittee that deals with classified
Ezra was scheduled to be laid to rest in Kochav Yair, where he lived,
a 4 p.m. on Thursday.
He served in the Shin Bet (Israel Security Ageny) for more than 30
years, eventually becoming deputy head of the organization in 1994.
Ezra first joined the Knesset in 1996 as a member of Likud and later
became a member of Kadima when Ariel Sharon formed the party in 2005.
He served as Environmental Protection Minister in the government of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent his condolences to the wife
and family of Ezra, praising him for "loyally serving Israel his
The prime minister added that most of Ezra´s great contributions to
Israel´s security would remain unknown do to the secrecy of his work
as a member of the Shin Bet.
Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz mourned Ezra as a "friend and a brave
fighter" who knew how to "stand up for his principles." Former Kadima
leader Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak also expressed
sorrow at Ezra´s passing.
Ezra´s place in the Knesset was expected to be filled by Druse
activist Akram Hasoon. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/17/12)
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