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Former Israeli President Dies

Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:26 am

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli President Ezer Weizman, a flying ace and crack military commander who built up the nation's air force and helped bring about the Jewish state's first peace treaty with an Arab country, has died, Israeli officials said Sunday. He was 80.

Weizman was president between 1993-2000. In three decades in political life, he made a highly public transition from hawk to dove, saying the Jews had to learn to "share this part of the world" with the Arabs.

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RE: Former Israeli President Dies

Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:40 am

I've actually got to meet him when I was in high school and he was an acting president. A very impressive man. He was quite controversial in Israel, mainly due to his "old school" schovinism.
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RE: Former Israeli President Dies

Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:52 am

A WWII RAF pilot he was also the longest serving IDF/AF commander (1958-1966 IIRC). Even after retiring from the military he was instrumental in helping preserve the tradition of the air force, including the preservation, in flying condition, of an IDF/AF Spitfire (The Black Spit) as part of the Air Force Museum.

His tendency to speak his mind sure made for an interesting political career!

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RE: Former Israeli President Dies

Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:02 am

My sympathies to the Israeli people
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RE: Former Israeli President Dies

Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:22 pm

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RE: Former Israeli President Dies

Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:18 am

I find his life amazing. The fact that he flew for the British in World War II and then accomplished all that he did in Israel and lived until this week is simply amazing.
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