“I want to pay tribute to my friend Senator John McCain, a towering figure of American and international politics, who dedicated his life to serving his country, both as a heroic soldier and, of course, as a prolific senator," said Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress on Sunday evening in a release.
“Throughout his career, John McCain worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, sticking by his principles for a better country and a better world." continues Lauder. "He was also a reliable friend of the State of Israel and a great supporter of the Jewish people."
Senator John McCain died at 81 on Saturday night, after a losing battle with aggressive cancer. McCain, a Republican from Arizona, was a prominent political figure and advocate of Israel, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008.
“John McCain was a unique and inspirational leader, the likes of whom we are unlikely to see again. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” concludes the WJC statement.
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