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Excerpts from the stars: Steinberg family consoled by Kraft, Netanyahu, Peres

by Jared Sichel

Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Days after hearing of the death of IDF volunteer Max Steinberg, a 24-year-old Los Angeles resident who was killed in Gaza on July 20 when his elite Golani unit was ambushed, stars in Israel and the United States sent their touching letters of condolence to the Steinberg family. An estimated 30,000 people attended Steinberg’s funeral in Jerusalem on July 23 and the likes of John Kerry, Sarah Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni personally visited Max’s parents and two siblings in Jerusalem.

Here are some excerpts from the letter of Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots:

“I have taken the liberty of reaching out to you since I noticed him wearing a New England Patriots cap in one of the broadcasted photos. He represents the consummate patriot and I am forever grateful for the sacrifices he made to keep our beloved Israel safe.”

“I am sure he has left behind a legacy of which you and your family can be proud.”

In a handwritten note, Kraft added:

“With love of our tradition and the people of Eretz Yisrael.”

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, wrote to the family on July 23. Here are some excerpts:

“The people of Israel share in your unfathomable grief. I know that there is little that can console bereaved families, but I hope that our embrace of Max and of you can offer some comfort.”

“I wish to express our profound sorrow on the loss of your beloved Max, who fell in defense of the Jewish homeland.”

“Max set an example of selflessness that must always be preserved and passed on to future generations.”

At the bottom of the letter, Netanyahu handwrote:

“My wife and our two sons, who were at the funeral, share your grief with all our hearts.”

Shimon Peres, who recently stepped down as Israel’s president, spent time with the family at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem. Here are excerpts from his letter:

“We are overcome with sorrow at the loss of one so young.”

“We salute his valor and loyalty to the country he called home, and will honor his memory and legacy in perpetuity.”

“May you know no more sorry and may he rest in peace.”

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