Speaking at the funeral of legendary Israeli singer Shoshana Damari Friday afternoon, President Moshe Katsav mourned the passing of "the queen of Israeli song," and noted her important place in the nation's history.
"Since the news of Shoshana's passing, the nation has been enshrouded in deep sorrow and grief, which demonstrates more than anything else the place Shoshana held in Israel's heart," Katsav said.
"Shoshana was a pioneer in the history of Israeli song. The story of her life and her success is a chapter in the history of Israel in the second half of the 20th century," Katsav said. "The story of the immigration from Yemen and settlement in Israel, through her music, reflect our story. Her songs represent a mirror of a time period, expressing hope and happiness throughout the difficult times Israel has experienced."
"Shoshana's voice was the voice of Israel," Katsav said.