Following Speculation, Obama Extends Condolences to PM (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/02/12)
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There have been speculations, even outrage from amongst the Jewish
Blogosphere, as to whether President Barack Obama has sent his
condolences to the Israeli Prime Minister following the death of his
father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney immediately extended his
message of consolation to the Israeli Prime Minister and his family
calling Ben-Zion’s passing “a loss for all of Israel and for all who
care about Israel.”
“Not only was he the father of my friend Benjamin, the Prime Minister
of Israel, and the father of Israel’s hero of the Entebbe raid,
Yonatan Netanyahu, he was also a distinguished historian and leader
in his own right,” Romney said.
In an unusual gesture, even Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad sent condolence letters to
Prime Minister Netanyahu.
After an extensive Google search that failed to yield the desired
results, Arutz 7 contacted an Israeli government spokesman this
morning who had refused to comment on the issue.
However, a few hours later, Arutz 7 received notice that President
Obama did, in fact, relay his condolences to the PM Netanyahu later
In a telephone conversation Wednesday afternoon the President
said, “Michelle and I wish to express our deep regret on the passing
of your father. I can only imagine how proud he must have been that
you are the leader of the State of Israel. It is a great gift for
“I want you to know that we think about you and hope that your family
is doing well. Your father was a figure larger than life,” he said.
“The fact that your father took an important part in national life
and in familial life makes your loss all the more significant,” Obama
added. “He was an extraordinary person who dedicated his life to the
Jewish people, and served as a bridge between Israel and the United
PM Netanyahu expressed his gratitude for the President’s words of
consolation. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/02/12)
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