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Prime Minister Netanyahu, Leading Israeli Politicians Honor George H.W. Bush

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US President George W. Bush (R) waves alongside his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush upon their arrival Fort Hood, Texas, on April 8, 2007. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Reed /File Photo.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leading Israeli politicians marked the death of former US president George H.W. Bush on Saturday, describing him as a remarkable patriot, public servant, and friend of Israel.

In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu said, “On behalf of the people of Israel, I send heartfelt condolences to the Bush family and the American People on the passing of a great American patriot, President George H.W. Bush.”

“His wise leadership at the end of the Cold War helped steer the world to a peaceful transition and the spread of democracy,” Netanyahu added.

“The People of Israel will always remember his commitment to Israel’s security,” the prime minister concluded, “his important contribution to the liberation of Soviet Jewry, and his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East at the Madrid conference.”

Deputy Minister and former ambassador to the US Michael Oren wrote on Twitter, “Israel stands with our American allies in mourning the passing of President George HW Bush – war hero, fighter for freedom, stalwart leader. May his family be comforted and his memory blessed forever.”

On the other side of the political spectrum, opposition leader Tzipi Livni said, “My condolences to the American people for the loss of a great leader and for the Bush family, especially to my friend whom I had the pleasure to work with: George W. Bush – I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved father.”

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid also weighed in, saying, “George Bush served his country his entire life. We should all be inspired by his dedication to the United States and commitment to the values it represents. I send my condolences to his family and to the American people. May his memory be a blessing.”

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