During his posting in Jerusalem as a senior political officer at the US Consulate in 2004-2006, our agency maintained direct contact with J. Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya who was slain Tuesday in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi (“Attack that killed US envoy to Libya may have been planned, sources say,” September 13).

We maintained a productive and constructive dialogue with Chris concerning the legality of Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. We found him to be warm and respectful, even when there were differences of opinion because of his orientation toward the Arab world.

Chris represents the decency of an American citizen in the service of his country. The sight of his body being dragged through the Libyan streets by an Arab mob is a sad day for America and for Western civilization.

Condolences to the American people and to the family of Chris Stevens are in order.

The writer is director of Israel Resource News Agency