Photo Credit: Government Archives Catalog, Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Vice President Joe Biden, former Kansas Senator Bob Dole and their wives at an event honoring Dole [for his long-time support for military veterans and his role in establishing the] World War II Memorial, at a ceremony on the National Mall on April 12, 2011

Long-time US Senator Robert Dole, who served his country for 79 years and was said by AIPAC to be a loyal supporter of Israel, died early Sunday morning in his sleep at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced via Twitter.

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A three-time presidential candidate and military veteran of World War II, Senator Dole was born in Russell, Kansas on July 22, 1923.

Wounded by German machine gun fire during a battle in Italy in April 1945, Dole subsequently became an advocate for disability rights. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor, and later was the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award.

He later helped ensure the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.

Dole retired from public service after his loss to Democrat Bill Clinton in November 1996, returning to practice law in Washington DC, serving on boards and councils, and supporting other Republican candidates.

The former senator is survived by his wife, former North Carolina Senator and US Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole, and his daughter, Robin.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.