‘Friend of Israel’ Nancy Reagan mourned by Jewish and Israeli politicians

Former first lady Nancy Reagan with current First Lady Michelle Obama. Credit: Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) American Jewish and Israeli politicians remembered former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan, who died on Sunday of congestive heart failure at the age of 94, as a stalwart friend of Israel.

“You didn't have to be a Reagan Republican to admire & respect Nancy Reagan. She was a tower of strength, unafraid to chart her own course,” tweeted Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“No matter your party or political ideology, this is a sad day for America,” tweeted democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady. A devoted partner, she was her husband’s most trusted advisor and, as such, served our country well.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, "I remember Nancy as a noble woman who supported president [Ronald] Reagan and stood by his side. She will be remembered as a great friend of the State of Israel.”

“Today I bow my head together, with the citizens of the U.S., at the loss of first lady Nancy Reagan,” said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, describing her as “president Ronald Reagan’s dedicated wife, a true partner in the president’s unique leadership, including his strong friendship with Israel. I recall her noble nature and fierce fight against drugs and alcohol amongst youth."

"During her time as first lady, [she] would illuminate the White House with a big smile and open heart," added Rivlin. "I extend my most sincere condolences to the whole Reagan family, her friends, and all citizens of the United States."

Posted on March 7, 2016 .