The Zionist Organization of America (
Senator Kennedy had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Senate where he was an influential and effective legislator on health care, civil rights, education and immigration reform. Senator Kennedy played an important role in advocating for Soviet Jewry, helping to gain the release of many Soviet refuseniks, including Natan Sharansky.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Senator Kennedy, calling him an American patriot and one of Israels greatest friends. Israels Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, praised Kennedy as a great friend to Israel and to the Jewish people.
In expressing his condolences, the