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Rabbi Benny Elon

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin expressed his sadness Saturday night at the passing of former Minister Rabbi Benny Elon.

The former minister passed away on Friday after a decade-long struggle with cancer at the age of 62.

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“Rabbi Benny Elon was a big-hearted man, who dedicated himself entirely for the sake education, and the public,” said President Rivlin.

“As a minister, as a member of parliament, and as a man of action, vision, and of spirit, Rabbi Benny Elon was one of the great fighters and doers for the sake of the Land of Israel, for its residents, and its children.

“As a friend and companion, he was for me a learning partner, an intellectual sparring partner, whose commitment to Israeli society and the State of Israel was unwavering and deeply rooted.

“In recent years, Rabbi Benny Elon worked to strengthen Israel’s global standing, founding many influential organizations, working against the isolation of Israel even in the most difficult times, and against the most hostile opinions.

“May his memory be a blessing.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.