Obama, Clinton call PM to express condolences (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 05/03/12)
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US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
from Air Force One on Wednesday to express his condolences over the
loss of his father Benzion, 102, early Monday morning.
He spoke with Netanyahu of Benzion’s remarkable legacy of service to
the Jewish people and deep friendship with the United States.
“Michelle and I wish to express our deep sorrow at the passing of
your father,” Obama said. “I can only imagine how proud he was to see
you, as the leader of the State of Israel. It was a great gift for
“I want you to know that we are thinking of you and your family at
this time. Your father was a figure who was larger than life. The
significant role he played in the life of the nation and your family
only makes the loss more significant. He was a remarkable man who
dedicated his life to the Jewish people and served as a bridge
between Israel and the US,” said Obama.
Netanyahu thanked Obama and his wife, Michelle.
“I appreciate your words,” he told them. Of his father, Netanyahu
said, “He was a wonderful father and a great man. This is a big loss
No matter how long you live, it is always too short. Even if you
think you are ready to separate from your parents, you are never
really prepared for it.”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger also called
A number of other world leaders sent letters through their countries’
ambassadors who personally delivered them to Netanyahu, including
Russian president- elect Vladmir Putin and outgoing President Dmitry
Medvedev, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister
David Cameron. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/03/12)
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