Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday phoned Devora Abuhatzeira, the widow of slain Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, to express his "deep sorrow" at the murder of her husband.
"There are no words to describe the shock, pain and sorrow," Netanyahu said. "I remember my meetings with the rabbi -- his spirituality, his willingness to dedicate his life to always assist the public." Calling Abuhatzeira a unique personality, Netanyahu said the entire Jewish people were mourning his loss.
Netanyahu said he would pay a condolence visit after the seven day mourning period, so as not to disturb with his security detail the thousands of people who are going to visit the family to pay their respects.
Abuhatzeira, a noted kabbalist and the grandson of Yisrael Abuhatzeira (the "Baba Sali"), was stabbed to death Thursday while greeting visitors at a yeshiva in Beersheba.