Israel mourns the passing of Joe Lieberman

“Zionism flowed through his veins” – America’s most prominent Jewish politician is remembered fondly in the Jewish state.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: America
Joe Lieberman and Benjamin Netanyahu give a joint press conference after a meeting at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on February 22, 2009. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi /FLASH90
Joe Lieberman and Benjamin Netanyahu give a joint press conference after a meeting at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on February 22, 2009. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi /FLASH90

Israeli leaders on Thursday issued condolences over the passing of longtime US Senator Joe Lieberman.

Prime Ministern Benjamin Netanyahu called Lieberman one of the most decent and honest public officials he had ever met. “May the Leiberman family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem,” wrote the Israeli leader.

Former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, called Lieberman his “personal hero” and an unwavering defender of the Jewish state.

Dani Dayan, chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem and former head of the Yesha Council, said he had always been impressed by Lieberman’s dedication to the “Jewish community in general and in everything related to the State of Israel in particular…. I was privileged to benefit from his advice.”

Member of Knesset and former Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, wrote that Lieberman was a man of truth, and that “Zionism flowed through his veins.”

“Joe was a personal friend of mine and a great friend of the people of Israel,” added Danon. “He will be greatly missed.”

Lieberman was a Democrat, but championed a conservative foreign policy, often to the benefit of Israel. He later left the party and continued his career as an independent, before retiring from the US Senate in 2013.

He was the first Jewish candidate included on a US presidential election ticket, and nearly became Vice President of the United States in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

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