Natan Sharansky with Charles Krauthammer, Washington DC
"Charles possessed not only one of the most incisive minds in American journalism.... His writing reflected an ironclad logic, as though it was part of an elaborate game of chess."
Full statement: (June 22, 2018)
Avital and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Charles Krauthammer.
Charles possessed not only one of the most incisive minds in American journalism, but also an abiding love for the State of Israel. He thought and felt about Israel as one does about a close relative, sharing in its joy and its pain as though they were his own.
His writing reflected an ironclad logic, as though it was part of an elaborate game of chess. In fact, whenever I was in Washington and had a few spare hours, I would go and play a game of chess with him.
Several weeks ago, we sent him a letter expressing our love and admiration for him. In it, I asked that he save me a place in heaven near his chess table. His son, Daniel, related that although his father strained to listen as he read our letter to him, when David reached that point, Charles responded, "I'll play black."
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wonderful wife, Robyn; his son, Daniel; his mother, Thea; and all who loved him.
May his memory be a blessing and may his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.