The Israeli government has expressed deep sadness over the death of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

President Isaac Herzog said Zayed’s death is a significant loss not only for UAE but the entire world as well.

“On behalf of the people of Israel, I send my deepest condolences to my friend Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and his family on the death of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. This is a great loss for our UAE friends and the whole region,” Herzog said.

“Sheikh Khalifa’s bold leadership contributed so much to the advancement of the UAE and its people and the growing partnership between our countries and is a great legacy for his successors. His life’s work pushed the Middle East to new horizons of prosperity and cooperation,” Herzog added.

Aside from Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also mourns the death of Zayed.

“On my behalf and that of the Government and citizens of Israel, I express my condolences to my friend Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE,” Bennett said.

“Sheikh Khalifa’s great legacy and deeds were appreciated by many in Israel. The State of Israel stands alongside the UAE and its people at this difficult time,” Bennett added.

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