Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz reacted to the death of former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir on Saturday, saying that he lead Israel "loyally and with understanding."

He praised Shamir for agreeing to be the first prime minister to directly take part in peace talks with the Palestinians at the Madrid conference in 1991.

Mofaz also state that Shamir would always be remembered for the fact that the aliya of Ethiopian Jews to Israel began under his government.