President Rivlin: Elie Wiesel was one of the Jewish people’s greatest sons, who touched the hearts of so many, and helped us to believe in forgiveness, in life, and in the eternal bond of the Jewish people.
President Rivlin’s statement on the passing of Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel
(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
President Rivlin this evening (Saturday, 2 July 2016) spoke of his sadness on the passing of Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel.
He said, “Tonight we bid farewell to a hero of the Jewish People and a giant of all humanity. Elie Wiesel, of blessed memory, embodied the determination of the human spirit to overcome the darkest of evils and survive against all the odds. His life was dedicated to the fight against all hatred, and for the sake of man as created in the image of God; he was a guide for us all. One of the Jewish people’s greatest sons, who touched the hearts of so many, and helped us to believe in forgiveness, in life, and in the eternal bond of the Jewish people. May his memory be a blessing, everlastingly engraved in the heart of the nation.”
PM Netanyahu’s statement on the passing of Elie Wiesel
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Saturday, 2 July 2016), issued the following statement on the passing of Elie Wiesel:
"The State of Israel and the Jewish people mourn the passing of Elie Wiesel. Through his unforgettable books, moving words and personal example, Elie personified the triumph of the human spirit over the most unimaginable evil. Out of the darkness of the Holocaust, Elie became a powerful force for light, truth and dignity. His life and work were a great blessing to the Jewish people, the Jewish state and to all humanity.
I feel fortunate to have known him and to have learned from his prodigious wisdom. On behalf of all the people of Israel, Sara and I send condolences to the entire Wiesel family. May the memory of Elie Wiesel, a towering spirit who taught us all to remember, be forever blessed."
His ability to touch the hearts of so many enabled his message and life’s work for the Jewish people and Jerusalem to become global, influence millions, and change the world.
May his memory be a blessing."