Netanyahu: Shamir always remained a soldier serving Israel
LAST UPDATED: 07/02/2012 18:44
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday eulogized former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir at his funeral at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl on Monday, saying that he knew no compromise when it came to serving Israel and the Jewish people.
Netanyahu praised Shamir for his days as a commander of the underground Jewish group, the Lehi, during the period of mandatory Palestine.
"Shamir, even later in his political life, in his heart and in his modest behavior, continued to see himself as the same anonymous soldier serving the country. He did not look for popularity or respect. Every decision of his stood up to one test: Is it good for the Jewish people and Israel," Netanyahu stated.
The prime minister praised Shamir for his "great contribution" to bringing millions of Jews from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia to Israel.
Netanyahu also spoke of his personal connection to Shamir, saying that he would "call me when I was ambassador to the UN and ask to find out what was happening there."