Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Yoel Edelstein sent a letter of condolence to House of Commons Speaker John Bercow following the assassination of British MP Jo Cox on Thursday.

The letter read as follows:

On behalf of myself and the Members of Knesset, I would like to express our deep shock and outrage at the shameful murder of a Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, by a vile murderer.

Mrs. Cox stood up for her values and her right to express them. She did so both as a citizen of a democratic society and as an elected official through her work in Parliament, the greatest symbol of British sovereignty.

For centuries, Great Britain has served as a shining symbol and paradigm of a free and democratic society that is based on fundamental moral values such as the liberty of man and his right of expression. It is hard to believe that in such a society one person would take another’s life merely because their opinions differ.

Dear John, the repugnant and horrific murder of Jo Cox crosses a red line, a fact that a model society like Britain’s must not accept. Such an incident must set off deafening alarm bells in any society that cherishes life, respects law and order, and abides by basic laws that grant people their human dignity and freedoms.

At this challenging time, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the Cox family, Parliament, and the British people as a whole. Please convey our deepest sympathy and expressions of friendship as we stand by you at your dire hour.

From our hearts to yours in deep friendship,

MK Yuli Yoel Edelstein

Speaker of the Knesset