Former IDF chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak has been hospitalized in critical condition at the Hadassah Ein Kerem medical center in Jerusalem, the Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom reported on Tuesday.
No other details about his condition were available.
In 1995, before succeeding Ehud Barak as IDF chief, Lipkin-Shahak announced that he had recovered from a bout of leukemia. Reports were unclear as to whether he was suffering from a return of his cancer or whether had been afflicted with a new condition.
A year after leaving the army, in 1999, Lipkin-Shahak joined the nascent Center Party along with Yitzhak Mordechai and Dan Meridor, among others.
In the 15th Knesset, under prime minister Ehud Barak, he served as tourism minister. After Mordechai resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Lipkin-Shahak was also given the transportation portfolio.
In 2001, after Barak failed to win reelection against Ariel Sharon, Lipkin-Shahak resigned from the Knesset.
He is married to journalist and TV personality Tali Lipkin-Shahak and has five children.
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