President Shimon Peres' mourned the passing of former IDF Chief-of-Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Wednesday in a message which read:
"Since last Sunday, when I came to say goodbye to Amnon, my dear friend at the hospital, I've been unable to rest. Amnon was a true hero who carried the torch of peace, a rare and exceptionally wise man. His students and soldiers saw him as a role model like no other, they trusted every word he said and people queued at his door seeking his wisdom, honesty and courage. His contribution to the security of Israel is unparalleled. He received two medals awarded for his courage, his wisdom and his leadership. Amnon was a model man throughout his life, standing tall and acting justly. I loved him deeply.
The quote from the Book of Samuel was written as if it was about Amnon, "Young and goodly, and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people."