This weekend, the United States lost a faithful public servant. John McCain served his country both in the skies above Vietnam and in the halls of Congress. And he was remembered by his friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke of McCain's passing at the breathtaking Choral Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania:
We have many friends in the world today, more than people understand, including in the Arab world but none greater than the United States of America. And on this occasion I wish to extend my condolences to the family of Senator John McCain, a great American patriot, a great friend of Israel. I have known John McCain for many many years, I visited him in the US Congress many times and he visited me in Jerusalem many many times, including in recent years. Israel never had a greater champion and a greater defender. The State of Israel salutes Senator John McCain.
Yet with all this friendship and all this support, when I stand here today in the Choral Synagogue in Vilnius, in Vilna and after the wrenching visit on Friday to the death pits in Ponar I know there are two lessons of the Holocaust we shall never and must never forget. The first is: Nip bad things in the bud. Stop bad things when they are small. Fight barbarism and terrorism and radicalism when they're small. Don't let them become large. The second is: Be able to defend yourselves, Jews, be able to defend yourselves by yourselves. This is the meaning of the Jewish state. This is what we have done and this is what we will always do.
Netzach Yisrael lo yishaker (The Glory of Israel will not lie)
Next year in Jerusalem.