Daniel Inouye, the long-serving Japanese-American Democratic senator who – though representing Hawaii, a state with only a tiny Jewish population – was considered by many as Israel’s best friend in the US Senate, died on Monday.
He was 88.
“Shalom and Aloha,” he told a group of Jerusalem high school students in his deep, bass voice in January, during his last visit to a country that he viewed as a key US ally, and which he supported strongly and consistently throughout his nearly half century as a senator.
“If one looks at most of this world, especially the Middle East, one country stands out as a foundation of stability and as a pillar of democracy.
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