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‘Deeply concerned for the people of Israel,’ Jill Biden writes to Sara Netanyahu

"You are a true friend. Bibi and I appreciate that and the unwavering support you and Joe have shown us," Sara Netanyahu wrote back to the U.S. first lady.

A letter from U.S. first lady Jill Biden to Israeli first lady Sara Netanyahu dated October 2023. Credit: Israeli Government Press Office.
A letter from U.S. first lady Jill Biden to Israeli first lady Sara Netanyahu dated October 2023. Credit: Israeli Government Press Office.

“Like so many Americans, I am deeply concerned for the people of Israel in the face of this unconscionable terrorist attack,” Jill Biden, the U.S. first lady, wrote to Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a letter that the Israeli Government Press Office released on Oct. 13.

The apparently handwritten letter appears on stationary bearing Jill Biden’s name and part of the U.S. presidential seal. It is dated October 2023.

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A letter from first lady of Israel Sara Netanyahu to U.S. first lady Jill Biden dated Oct. 13, 2023. Credit: Israeli Government Press Office.

“Our resolve is clear—even though our hearts are broken. We stand with the State of Israel and its people, always,” the first lady added. “You and Bibi are in my prayers. Love, Jill.”

The GPO also released a type-written response from Sara Netanyahu, which is dated Oct. 13, 2023, Jerusalem, and is hand-signed.

“At this disheartening of times, your letter was a ray of light. Your words entered and warmed my broken heart. Thank you,” Sara Netanyahu wrote. “You are a true friend. Bibi and I appreciate that and the unwavering support you and Joe have shown us. Today and always.”

“At the moment, we share a broken heart, but Israel’s resolve will see us emerge victorious in this war of good over unspeakable evil. We have no other choice,” she added. “Thank you for your prayers. Am Israel Chai. Love, Sara Netanyahu.”

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