Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the announcement of Israel Beitenu MK Yuri Shtern's "untimely death" earlier Tuesday morning had "stunned everyone." "Yuri Shtern symbolized, for me, the Zionist oleh who settles into life in Israel and becomes part of the legislative activity. Yuri was an example of a dedicated and productive Knesset member," Itzik continued. "He was modest, direct, and respectful of others. He will be missed in the Knesset."