The Israeli government has paid its tribute to the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, saying he was man who fought against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
Passing away over the weekend, in Switzerland, aged 80 after a short, unspecified illness, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined other world leaders in paying his respect.
He said: “We will remember him as having been very active in the international arena and as someone who fought anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. We send our condolences to his widow and his family.”
A firm supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he was involved in peace negotiations between the sides throughout his tenure between 1997-2006, and helped secure a truce between Israel and Hezbollah before leaving office.
The Foreign Ministry called him a “pillar of multilateral diplomacy,” and said in a statement how he “opposed attempts to delegitimise Israel, fought resolutely against Holocaust denial, and in 2006 supported the UN initiative to establish an International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”