Colin Powell – A Friend of Israel

Stand for Israel  |  October 18, 2021

US Secretary of State Colin Powell with Israeli PM Ariel Sharon
(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

In 2003, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered the following remarks on America’s greatest friend, Israel:

“My friends, from day one to today, America has been totally committed to Israel’s security and well-being… In good times and difficult times, Israel has always been able to rely on her friends. The United States [has] always been there. And we will always be.”

And today, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of this American hero and servant and longtime friend of Israel. The Times of Israel’s Frankie Taggart reports that Colin Powell has died at the age of 84:

Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, has died from complications from COVID-19. He was 84.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said in a statement posted to social media on Monday…

“General Powell is an American hero, an American example, and a great American story,” George W. Bush said as he announced the nomination of Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who became the Republican president’s secretary of state in 2000.

“In directness of speech, his towering integrity, his deep respect for our democracy, and his soldier’s sense of duty and honor, Colin Powell demonstrates… qualities that will make him a great representative of all the people of this country…”

May his memory be a blessing.