Last updated: 2 May, 2012

Obama gives Netanyahu condolences over father’s death

President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday to extend his condolences on the death of his father.

Obama, who made the call from Air Force One as he flew home after a surprise visit to Afghanistan, said he expressed his “personal condolences” to the prime minister, whose father Benzion Netanyahu died early Monday at age 102, the White House said.

It said Obama “noted Benzion Netanyahu’s remarkable legacy of service to the Jewish people and deep friendship with the United States.”