Netanyahu salutes McCain: His support for Israel never wavered

Netanyahu salutes McCain: His support for Israel never wavered
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saluted Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema MORE (R-Ariz.), who died of brain cancer on Saturday at the age of 81, writing that the senator’s support for Israel never wavered.

“It was with great sorrow that I received the news of the death of John McCain, a great American patriot and a true friend of Israel,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter Sunday morning. “His consistent support for Israel stemmed from his belief in the values of democracy and freedom.”

“The State of Israel salutes John McCain,” Netanyahu added. “I will always cherish in his steadfast friendship towards Israel and me personally.”

McCain was a staunch defender of Israel and firm in his stance on national security issues.

The Armed Services Committee chairman consistently pushed for higher caps on defense spending, playing a key role in preserving the national security budget in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

He was also one of President Obama’s harshest critics, particularly on foreign policy, and has gone after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE.

After the Helsinki summit in July, when Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin over the American intelligence community, the senator called Trump’s behavior “disgraceful” and the summit a “tragic mistake.”