New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s father, 87, dies while she is touring Israel – where she left emotional note paying tribute to him in the Western Wall

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s father, 87, dies while she is touring Israel – where she left emotional note paying tribute to him in the Western Wall

New York Governor Kathy Hochul's father, 87, has died while she's been touring Israel, where the death toll continues to rise as the brutal war rages

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul‘s father, 87, has died while she’s been touring Israel, where the death toll continues to rise as the brutal war rages on.

Hochul’s father, John Courtney, passed away from a brain hemorrhage in Florida on Wednesday night prompting the Democrat to dress in all black while visiting the Western Wall.

While there, Hochul wrote an emotional tribute to her father, while also praying for the victims of Hamas‘ horrific attacks.

‘I pray for my father, who cherished his visit to this Holy Land, and who passed during the night,’ Hochul’s handwritten message read in part, the New York Post reported.

In a post to X (formerly Twitter), Hochul added: ‘As I stood at the Western Wall today, I prayed for the victims of Hamas’s horrific attacks, their families, and all the innocent civilians lost as a result.

‘I believe the arc of the universe bends towards justice. We pray for a peaceful future.’

New York Governor Kathy Hochul's (right) father, 87, John Courtney (left), has died while she's been touring Israel, where the death toll continues to rise, as the brutal war rages on

New York Governor Kathy Hochul's (right) father, 87, John Courtney (left), has died while she's been touring Israel, where the death toll continues to rise, as the brutal war rages on

New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s (right) father, 87, John Courtney (left), has died while she’s been touring Israel, where the death toll continues to rise, as the brutal war rages on

While there, Hochul wrote an emotional tribute to her father, while also praying for the victims of Hamas ' horrific attacks

While there, Hochul wrote an emotional tribute to her father, while also praying for the victims of Hamas ' horrific attacks

She prayed for her father and the people of Israel throwing her support behind the country

She prayed for her father and the people of Israel throwing her support behind the country

While there, Hochul (pictured) wrote an emotional tribute to her father, while also praying for the victims of Hamas ‘ horrific attacks

Courtney had previously visited Israel and had encouraged his daughter to do the same.

Hochul arrived in Israel on Wednesday in a show of support, after Hamas unleashed a savage and deadly attack on the country on October 7.

Posting a picture to X as she touched down in Tel Aviv, she described the special bond between New York and Israel.

‘I’ve just touched down in Tel Aviv. New York and Israel share a special bond, and I’m proud to be here to show our solidarity with the Israeli people following Hamas’s abhorrent acts of terror,’ she wrote.

The New York Governor then met with the United States ambassador of Israel, Michael Herzog, before sitting down with families of hostages and victims in the community of Kfar Aza.

On Thursday, Hochul met with President of Israel Isaac Herzog to say that ‘New York stands in solidarity with the Israeli people’ before making her trip to the Western Wall.

The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or Buraq Wall, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and forms part of a larger retaining wall of the hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount.

After penning the somber letter, Hochul, in accordance to tradition, tucked her letter into a crack in the ancient wall.

Courtney (left) had previously visited Israel and had encouraged his daughter (right) to do the same

Courtney (left) had previously visited Israel and had encouraged his daughter (right) to do the same

Courtney (left) had previously visited Israel and had encouraged his daughter (right) to do the same

Hochul met with the United States ambassador of Israel, Michael Herzog, before sitting down with families of hostages and victims in the community of Kfar Aza (pictured)

Hochul met with the United States ambassador of Israel, Michael Herzog, before sitting down with families of hostages and victims in the community of Kfar Aza (pictured)

Hochul met with the United States ambassador of Israel, Michael Herzog, before sitting down with families of hostages and victims in the community of Kfar Aza (pictured)

Hochul arrived in Israel on Wednesday in a show of support, after Hamas unleashed a savage and deadly attack on the country on October 7

Hochul arrived in Israel on Wednesday in a show of support, after Hamas unleashed a savage and deadly attack on the country on October 7

Hochul arrived in Israel on Wednesday in a show of support, after Hamas unleashed a savage and deadly attack on the country on October 7

‘As I stand at this holy site, I pray that the arc of the universe bend toward justice, and may God continue to protect us and guide us to a peaceful, violence-free future,’ the governor wrote.

‘I pray for the victims of the Hamas attack on Israel, their families and all the innocent civilians lost as a result,’ the note continued. ‘I pray for my father, who cherished his visit to this Holy Land, and who passed during the night.’

Hochul’s emotional tribute comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israelis to brace themselves for the days ahead.

‘We are embarking on a long and difficult war that was forced on us by a murderous Hamas attack,’ he said in a statement earlier this month.

On Oct. 7 Hamas militants stormed into Israel, and Israel vowed to destroy the militant group. 

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that 3,785 Palestinians have been killed and more than 12,500 others have been wounded.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed and an estimated 206 have been captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza.

Israel has agreed to allow Egypt to deliver limited humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip while more than 1 million Palestinians have fled homes after Israel told them to evacuate. 

Israeli airstrikes early Thursday continued across the entire territory, including in areas that Israel had declared as ‘safe zones.’

A day after President Joe Biden said Israel had agreed to allow aid to Gaza the focus pivoted on Thursday as Israel prepared a possible invasion.

Gazans have become increasingly desperate as a ‘complete siege’ on the enclave continues as dwindling resources threaten disaster for its more than two million residents.

Rockets fly over destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, Thursday

Rockets fly over destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, Thursday

Rockets fly over destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, Thursday

Palestinians, who fled their houses amid Israeli strikes, were seen sitting in tents at shelters at a United Nations-run centre

Palestinians, who fled their houses amid Israeli strikes, were seen sitting in tents at shelters at a United Nations-run centre

Palestinians, who fled their houses amid Israeli strikes, were seen sitting in tents at shelters at a United Nations-run centre

Biden swept into wartime Israel for a 7 1/2-hour visit Wednesday that produced a heaping dose of vocal support, he's seen during a refueling stop in Germany speaking to reporters after the visit

Biden swept into wartime Israel for a 7 1/2-hour visit Wednesday that produced a heaping dose of vocal support, he's seen during a refueling stop in Germany speaking to reporters after the visit

Biden swept into wartime Israel for a 7 1/2-hour visit Wednesday that produced a heaping dose of vocal support, he’s seen during a refueling stop in Germany speaking to reporters after the visit

Biden swept into wartime Israel for a 7 1/2-hour visit Wednesday that produced a heaping dose of vocal support.

‘I understand, many Americans understand,’ Biden said as he wrapped up his stay in Tel Aviv, likening the Oct. 7 Hamas assault to the attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people. 

‘You can’t look at what has happened here… and not scream out for justice.’

‘But I caution this: While you feel that rage, don’t be consumed by it. After 9/11, we were enraged in the United States and while we sought justice and got justice, we also made mistakes.’

The President is expected to deliver a speech Thursday about the war in Ukraine and terror attacks in Israel as his administration prepare to call on Congress to approve tens of billions of dollars in military aid for the embattled nations.

The address will mark the second time Biden has delivered formal remarks from the Oval Office since becoming president.

He’s expected to address the American response to the two struggling nations and its threat to the democratic stability of the globe.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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