The Washington Times - May 2, 2012, 10:13AM

President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning to offer condolences on the death of his father, historian and author Ben-Zion Netanyahu, who died Monday at age 102.

Mr. Obama, who made the call from Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Afghanistan, noted the elder Mr. Netanyahu’s “remarkable legacy of service” to the Jewish people and “deep friendship” with the United States, according to a brief White House release.

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