Brooklyn tragedy
PM Offers Condolences to Grief-Stricken Father

Netanyahu sends heartfelt sympathy letter to Gabriel Sassoon upon the death of his children, 'seven pure souls' in Brooklyn house fire.

Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank,

Sassoon family funeral in Jerusalem
Sassoon family funeral in Jerusalem
Eliran Aharon

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a condolence letter Monday to the Sassoon family, which tragically lost seven children in a deadly house fire over Shabbat. 

Elian (16), David (12), Rivka (11), Yehoshua (10), Moshe (8), Sara (6), and Yaakov (5) Sassoon died after hot plate in their house in Flatbush, New York apparently malfunctioned.

Following a funeral procession that began Sunday in Brooklyn, the seven children were laid to rest Monday afternoon in Jerusalem, where the family had lived before moving to the US. 

In the letter, addressed to Gabriel Sassoon, Netanyahu expressed his sympathy to the grief-stricken father. 

"Dear Gabriel, with deep shock I heard about the tragic death of your beloved children: Elian, David, Rivka, Yehoshua, Moshe, Sara, and Yaakov. From what I've heard about them, I learned they were valued children who were a source of pride and joy for you."

"Every one of your children was a world, unique and special. There is no greater grief than the loss of sons and daughters, and it's an even greater agony when it comes to young children," Netanyahu empathized. 

"The people of Israel feel your pain," the Prime Minister stressed. 

Netanyahu concluded the letter by wishing Gavriel the inner strength to cope with the disaster that struck the entire family. 

"I wish a speedy and full recovery to your wife Gail and daughter Tzipora," Netanyahu wrote. Both escaped by jumping out of a window are currently being hospitalized in critical condition.  

"Your people shares in the deep loss of your children, seven pure souls."




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