Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s former intelligence chief who was a pillar of the Mubarak regime, died aged 76 while undergoing a medical examination in the US on Thursday.
Suleiman enjoyed close relations with senior Israeli defense chiefs over the years, coordinating closely with Jerusalem on issues pertaining to regional stability and acting as a bridge between Israel and the Palestinians.
“He was a patriot. He had incredible knowledge of the world. If we turned to him for something, there was never a time that he didn’t get back to us on the same day,” Ben- Eliezer said.
But Suleiman’s alliance with the Israeli defense community was just one part of the spy chief’s uncompromising war on Islamists in Egypt and in the region, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a senior Middle East expert from Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, told The Jerusalem Post.
The intelligence chief was extremely well versed in the affairs of both Israel and the Palestinians, Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter- Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, told The Jerusalem Post last year.
Suleiman knew “the Israeli and Palestinian arenas better than anyone in Egypt,” Karmon said.
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