Former German chancellor Kohl dies at 87

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl passes away. Netanyahu: He was dedicated to Israel's security.

Ben Ariel, Canada,

Helmut Kohl
Helmut Kohl

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who was known for the reunification of Germany, passed away on Friday at the age of 87.

Kohl served as Germany’s leader for 16 years, from 1982 to 1998, and is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Kohl, who suffered a fall in 2008 and had been using a wheelchair, died at his house in Ludwigshafen, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, according to the Bild newspaper.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said his death filled her with deep sadness.

"It will take a while before we can really appreciate what we have lost with his passing. Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European. Helmut Kohl's efforts brought about the two greatest achievements in German politics of recent decades - German reunification and European unity,” said Merkel, in comments quoted by the BBC.

"Helmut Kohl understood that the two things were inseparable," she added.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu eulogized Kohl as well.

“I express deep sorrow on the passing of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Among the State of Israel's greatest friends, he was completely dedicated to its security. Kohl was the leader who united Germany with a determined and steady hand. His admiration for Israel and Zionism found expression in my many meetings with him and in his resolute stand in favor of Israel, which he constantly presented in Europe and in international forums. I send condolences to the Kohl family and to the German people,” wrote Netanyahu.

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