Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday expressed his deep sorrow over the passing of the Israel Defense Force Chief-of-Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak. A press release from the Prime Minister's Office stated, "Amnon was an Israeli hero who dedicated his best years to the security of the State of Israel. He displayed his considerable heroism also in his brave conduct during his illness. He never lost his nobility of spirit even for a moment. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I send our condolences to his wife Tali and the rest of his family," the Prime Minister said.