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WEIZMAN, EZER (1924-2005).

Israeli soldier and public servant. A native Israeli, he is a nephew of Chaim Weizmann. Known as the father of Israel’s Air Force, he served as chief of operations of the IDF’s general staff during the Six-Day War of 1967. He was Minister of Transport from 1969 to 1970 and was appointed Minister of Defense in 1977 in the Begin government. He played a key role in Israel’s negotiations with Egypt after Anwar Sadat’s visit to Israel in November 1977, and took part in the Camp David peace talks between Israel and Egypt. In 1993, Weizman was elected as the seventh president of the State of Israel, succeeding Chaim Herzog. He was reelected in 1998 and resigned in 2000.

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