Knesset Member and former minister Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer passed away on Sunday at the age of 80. Ben-Eliezer served as an MK from the 11th Knesset through the 19th Knesset (partial tenure) on behalf of the Yahad, Alignment, the Israel Labor Party and One Israel factions.

During his political career, Ben-Eliezer served as Minister of Construction and Housing, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Communications, Minister of Defense (during the second intifada), Minister of National Infrastructure and Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor.

Ben-Eliezer resigned from public service in December 2014 at 78 years old, ending decades as a public servant.

In a statement, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein paid tribute to Ben-Eliezer`s ”invaluable contribution to Israel and its security.”

”Fuad devoted the most and best of his years to fortifying the Jewish people in its homeland, and was an important and dominant voice in our public lives over many years,” Speaker Edelstein said. ”Aside from his unique sense of humor, he will long be remembered as a special figure. I blow my head and send my sincerest condolences to his family and his many acquaintances, both in my own name and that of the Knesset of Israel. Blessed be his memory and his deeds.”