Dedi Graucher z’l, who died on Monday at the age of 62, and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had a cordial connection, as seen in a number of old videos.
Dedi recognized Netanyahu’s genuine passion for Israel and his efforts on its behalf, and Netanyahu admired Dedi’s music, his zeal, and his enthusiasm.
As a result, the two held each other in high regard. Netanyahu once addressed a gathering where Dedi played many years ago.
When asked where Dedi was, Netanyahu paused his remarks. “I sat here with Sara and we heard your inspiring singing. You can open every cabinet meeting with this song; it’s a deal,” he remarked after waiting for the singer to approach the podium.
In return, Netanyahu was highly regarded by Dedi. When I read him the Megilla, he said that he saw himself as Mordechai Hayehudi, as he too saved the Jews from Iran and was accepted by “most” of his brothers; he also wanted a 61 percent majority.
Dedi said in an interview two years ago after he fell ill that Netanyahu was “a special person, a person to whom the world of Torah owes a debt.”
Dedi continued, “The prime minister is a true friend. When he was in the hospital, Netanyahu called every night to consult with his medical staff and even made a quiet visit.
Dedi continued by saying that he had paid 26 avrechim to visit Binyamin Ben Yaakov’s tomb and offer prayers for Netanyahu’s well-being.