Former Senator Joseph Lieberman, a dedicated friend of Israel, passes away in New York

Former US Senator and First Orthodox Jew in the Senate, Joe Lieberman, Dies at 82: Tributes Pour In from Politicians and Jewish Leaders

On March 27, at the age of 82, former US Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut passed away in New York. The news was reported by The Washington Post, citing a statement from his family. According to relatives, the cause of death was complications following a fall.

Lieberman was known as the first Orthodox Jew in the US Senate. In 2000, he ran for the position of US vice president alongside presidential candidate Al Gore, but they ultimately lost to Republican candidates George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Lieberman had visited Israel most recently shortly after the attacks on October 7.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Lieberman on his X-blog, praising him as an exemplary public servant, American patriot, and staunch defender of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Netanyahu recalled his first meeting with Lieberman decades ago, noting his honesty, integrity, civic courage, moral sense, and fearlessness in defending the truth. He also described Lieberman as unusually gentle and a loyal friend, expressing his sadness at his passing.

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