Gaia Talmon writes to Netanyahu after passing of his father: “Don’t be sad, your father wants you to be happy”. PM Netanyahu writes back: “I see that you care about me and that you were sad because of my sadness.”
Not many people, let alone an 8-year-old, can say they touched their prime minister on an emotional level. Gaia Talmon of Raanana, though, can say she did, and has the proof.
After she sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a condolence letter on the death of his father, Professor Benzion Netanyahu, the prime minister responded personally, writing the 8-year-old to thank her for her kindness.
“Don’t be sad,” Gaia wrote to the prime minister. “Your father wants you to be happy.”
Talmon’s letter made it all the way to Netanyahu’s desk, along with many other letters of condolence. “I saw you on TV when your father died,” she wrote. “I wanted to tell you not to be sad because he was 102 years old and did a lot in his life. Think about him wanting you to be happy always and manage our country in a good way.”
Talmon didn’t forget to add: “What you still have left to do is bring peace, because our country is perfect (almost perfect, because we still don’t have a water park in Raanana).”
Netanyahu read the letter and couldn’t ignore it, responding to the girl on Tuesday with his own personal letter. “I received many letters since my father passed away, but yours moved me in a special way,” he wrote. “I see that you care about me and that you were sad because of my sadness. Thank you, dear Gaia.”
Gaia’s mother, Gili, told reporters: “She wrote him a letter and drew hearts and fireworks on it. After she searched on Google for the address for the Prime Minister’s Office, she asked me to send it. Yesterday, when she received a response, she got so excited that she took it with her to the Lag Ba’omer bonfire to show her friends and teachers.” (*)
SOURCE : ISRAEL HAYOM
Posted Saturday, May 12, 2012