Netanyahu eulogizes 41st US president: We’ll remember Bush’s commitment to Israel’s security

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released an official statement Saturday following the death of Former President George H.W. Bush.

“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 … The people of Israel will always remember his commitment to Israel’s security, his important contribution to the liberation of Soviet Jewry, and his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East at the Madrid Conference,” stressed the statement.

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President Reuven Rivlin also issued a statement on Saturday evening:

“We have lost an American hero, George HW Bush, who fought in the killing fields of the Second World War, knew to distinguish between good and evil and to build strong regional coalitions against cruel tyrants. He led his country with skill and wisdom at the end of the Cold War.

“Under his leadership our strategic relationship evolved into the strongest of alliances. The Jewish people will always remember his help in bringing the Jews of Ethiopia to Israel and his determination to ensure the Arab world recognize our right to exist in peace and security.

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“Personally and on behalf of the people of Israel, my deepest condolences to President George W Bush, a true friend of Israel, to Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Doro, and their families. May his memory be for a blessing”.

George Herbert Walker Bush, America’s 41st president, has died at the age 94.

The Second World War hero passed away at 10.10pm CT on Friday at his home in Houston, Texas, his office confirmed in a statement.

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The statement did not specify the cause of death, but Bush had a form of Parkinson’s disease and had been hospitalized several times for pneumonia and other infections in recent years. Days before his death, Bush was reportedly being treated for low blood pressure.

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Bush Snr, who presided over the final days of the Cold War and the crackup of the Soviet Union, died less than eight months after his beloved wife of 70 years, Barbara, passed away.