All the media reports of the terror killing of Ari Fuld Hy”d in Gush Etzion on Sunday highlighted his right-wing activism, and the Israeli right, including public officials as well as friends and family, predominated among the mourners. That is why opposition leader Tzipi Livni decided to make a point of visiting the bais avelim in Efrat on Monday.
“I came to comfort and embrace the family of Ari Fuld, a hero who in his last moments fought and saved the lives of others,” Livni said. “It is important to me to stress to the family that even if we have disagreements, we are all partners in our love for the people of Israel and the land of Israel. I share in their pain from the terrible loss and the anger at the terror which we’re all united in fighting,” she said.
Another prominent member of the Israeli left, Uri Zaki, husband of Meretz chairwoman Tamar Zandberg, mourned Fuld’s death.
In Zaki’s case, the loss was more personal, however, as he had been Fuld’s colleague and sparring partner in karate.
“I’m shocked and pained [to hear of] the vile murder of my friend Ari Fuld,” wrote Zaki on Twitter.
Fuld, who had been active in a faction of the Jewish Home Party, and Zaki, a former CEO of B’tselem and a member of the far-left Meretz Party, had co-hosted a political talk show on ILTVNews. Zaki told Army Radio on Monday morning, “We mainly agreed that we both want the best for the state of Israel. After the broadcast, we would sit down for a [drink together].”