(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement before departing with the U.S. delegation to Shimon Peres’ funeral in Jerusalem. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Shimon Peres was an icon; he was a founding father of the democratic Jewish State of Israel, a man of peace and a statesman. The world mourns his loss, but many of us mourn the loss of a friend. I can think of no greater honor than to help represent the United States of America in wishing Shimon’s soul be bound in the bond of eternal life. His legacy will forever live on in our hearts and our minds, but it will also live on in the unbreakable bond that he helped to forge between the U.S. and Israel. May his memory be a blessing.”