Fuad is not just a nickname, it really is his birth name. Born in Basra in southern Iraq, as Fuad, son of Saleh and Farha, Ben-Eliezer made aliyah to Israel in 1950, hebraizing his first name to Binyamin – RB

In the second part of his leaked memoirs, published in serial form in the Egyptian daily newspaper Rose al-Youssef, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak reveals the special relationship he had with former Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure Binyamin Ben-Eliezer who he paid a monthly salary of $25,000 from the presidency budget. Only Chief of Presidential Staff Zakaria Azmi, Mubarak adds, knew about this. According to Mubarak, there was nothing wrong with maintaining a close relationship with Ben-Eliezer, since many Arab heads of state used to hire Israeli and Jewish political advisors. (al-Arabiya)

Former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak paid MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer a monthly salary of $25,000, according to Mubarak’s leaked memoirs, which have been serialized in the Egyptian daily Rose al-Youssef, Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday. The alleged payments took place at an unspecified point during Mubarak’s long term in office. Ben-Eliezer, who has served in various cabinet posts, is known to have had a close relationship with Mubarak but vigorously denied the assertions. Ben-Eliezer said on wednesday:

Nobody paid me a cent, ever. It’s the first time I’ve heard this nonsense. It’s a joke and someone’s crazy imagination.

Ben-Eliezer said he would call the ailing former president, whom he called a “friend,” to get to the bottom of the story. (Times of Israel)

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