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TEL AVIV – Late president George H.W. Bush was hailed as “a great friend” of Israel and Jews around the world by major American Jewish groups from both sides of the political aisle.   The powerful American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) described Bush as a “statesman and patriot” who “rightfully earned the deep respect of people around the world.” AIPAC praised Bush for reversing “the despicable ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution at the United Nations” as well as playing a critical role in the rescue and mass immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. The lobbying group also lauded Bush’s peacemaking efforts. “President Bush was committed to finding a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a leader who was devoted to America’s security, he understood the strategic value of the U.S. relationship with Israel, and his administration was instrumental in strengthening the military cooperation between the two democratic allies.” The Republican Jewish Coalition released a statement calling Bush “a great friend of Israel” and “the Jewish people.” “Bush was instrumental in saving the Jews of Ethiopia and bringing them to Israel; he worked directly with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to assist Israel in bringing Jewish immigrants fleeing communism in the Soviet Union to

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