The people of Israel today are mourning the loss of their president’s wife. Ynet News reports on the many who are sharing condolences, tributes, and memories of Nechama Rivlin, whose bravery and character displayed during her illness was noted by PM Netanyahu:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led tributes Tuesday for First Lady Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin, who passed away earlier in the day, following a long battle with lung disease.
“Along with the citizens of Israel, my wife Sara and I would like to express our deep sorrow over the death of the president’s wife, Nechama,” Netanyahu said.
“We have all been praying for her recovery these past weeks, as she was bravely fighting for her life. We send our condolences to the president, his family and to the entire country. May her memory be blessed…”
Yuli Edelstein, who succeeded Rivlin as Knesset speaker, expressed sadness on behalf of the Knesset, its members and staff.
“We all share in the great sorrow of my friend, President Rivlin and his family,” Edelstein said. “With her personality and her kindness, Nechama touched everyone she met…”
MK Gideon Sa’ar a close political ally of the president and a personal friend, also expressed his great sorrow: “My heart is with my friend, President Reuven Rivlin, for whom Nechama was a friend, a lover, a partner and a rock…”