The Consulate General of Israel in New York was saddened to learn of the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch and has released the following statement:

"This morning we lost a great friend, one who stood not only by the Jewish people and the State of Israel, but also by humanity. The Consulate General of Israel in New York was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Ed Koch. History will remember Ed Koch as one of its greatest leaders, who epitomized everything that we love about the world's greatest city. He was always outspoken, true to his word and a staunch defender of human rights. The ties between New York and Israel, between the United States and Israel, are as strong as they are today because of towering figures such as Ed Koch."