Prime Minister Yair Lapid expressed his condolences following the announcement of the passing of the United Kingdom’s Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Israel, I send my condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Lapid shared in a statement from his office.
“She leaves behind an unparalleled legacy of leadership and service. May her memory be for a blessing,” he added.
Queen Elizabeth passed away at the age of 96 at her home in Scotland. Her son, Prince Charles III, takes the throne as king.
The Queen took the throne in 1952, four years before the rebirth of modern Israel. Despite never visiting Israel, she often stood in solidarity with the Jewish nation from its reestablishment to its position as a major influencer among the nations.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog also shared a statement regarding the Queen’s death.
“Together with the Israeli people, I grieve her loss and extend my deepest sympathies to the British people and all nations of the Commonwealth, who have lost their matriarch. Queen Elizabeth was a historic figure: she lived history, she made history, and with her passing she leaves a magnificent, inspirational legacy,” he said in the statement.
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed a tribute regarding the Queen’s passing.
He said on Twitter that she “was a legendary sovereign, a beacon of integrity and a steward of a second Elizabethan age which will be remembered down the centuries. May her memory be blessed.”
Many other Israeli leaders also expressed tributes following the Queen’s passing. Among them included Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
“The Queen served the international community over 70 years, and under her reign, UK-Israel relations flourished. My thoughts are with the UK today,” he tweeted.