Skip to comments.Netanyahu, Peres mourn the loss of Mandela, 'a freedom fighter who opposed violence'
Posted on 12/06/2013 10:17:17 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
Israeli leaders mourned the loss of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday evening.
Mandela was "the father of his nation, a man of vision, a freedom fighter who opposed violence," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page late Thursday night.
"He posed as a personal example to his people in the many years he spent in jail, and never became haughty," Netanyahu wrote. "He worked to heal the tears in South African society and succeeded with his personality to prevent outbreaks of racial hatred."
"He will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa and as a highly important moral leader," the prime minister concluded.
President Shimon Peres, who met the South African leader when he visited Israel in 1999, also eulogized Mandela.
"The world has lost a venerable leader who changed the path of history," Peres said.
"Nelson Mandela fought for human rights and left his mark on the war against discrimination and racism," the president added. "He was a strong proponent of democracy, a valued arbitrator, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and above everything he was a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue."
"Mandela's legacy to his people and to the world will remain etched in the pages of history and in the hearts of all of those whose lives he touched, and who will remember him forever," Peres concluded.
What I find totally incredible is how normally sane and freedom loving people could possibly praise this monster . . . George W Bush, for example.
Unless I’m mistaken, this monster was a mass murder, gasoline necklacer and a filthy communist. What the hell am I missing?
How could such an evil man get all this praise while Margaret Thatcher’s death remained relatively unheralded.
All Communists fight freedom.
you know maggie’s a good one b/c the world didn’t go crazy about her at her death.
you know mandela’s bad b/c the world mourns the loss of an evil brother in arms.
Give credit to Sarah Palin who has fearlessly stood pretty much alone in not heaping praise on the genocidal, evil abortionist, Mandela. Her Facebook page has been active over the past few hours with postings about events at Liberty University and the Billy Graham Library. Her Christian witness continues to shine amid the din over the death of a commie. There's hope for America in the form of a genuine Patriot, Sarah Palin.
If you like your insanity, you can keep your insanity.
Do you expect Israel to come out and say Mandela was a useless communist terrorist pal of Yassir Arafat?
Yeah, no kidding
What is this? Sumb thnick thdoke?
I’d say this statement was a good political ploy by the Israeli’s. Garner more support for bombing Iran. I can live with a lie or two if it means Arak getting bombed.
Saint Mandela? Not So Fast!
I am already wishing for something to knock this crap off front page
Reality and truth about Mandela diverged decades ago
Only guy of color on the planet whites love to love more than Obama
And he had to go and die
And even conservatives join in
Its indicative how detached we are from reality
Jonas Savimbi...a black man in Africa....actually on our side
Was loathed by our media
We are so effed up
I hadn't realized that it was Bush 43 that signed the removal, not Obama.
"George W Bush signed the bill in time for the Nobel Peace Prize winner's 90th birthday on July 18. Ronald Reagan had originally placed the ANC on the list in the 1980s."
Netanyahu praised Mandela? How tragic.
The attention span of the MSM is about three or four days. Then, it’s off to another “sensational” story. This Mandela worship will be dumped in the trash can of history by next Tuesday.
Netanyahu? Seriously? Is he completely unaware that Mandela embraced Palestinian savages and considered Israel a terrorist state?
I swear I don’t get what’s going on here. It’s like some fast-moving airborne stupidity virus.