PM: Shamir saw, understood fundamental truths

July 1, 2012 13:15


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu eulogized former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, defending some of Shamir's more controversial statements.

Shamir's statement that "The Arabs are the same Arabs and the sea is the same sea" was a magnet for criticism at the time, Netanyahu told the cabinet, but "today there are certainly more people who understand that the man saw and understood fundamental truths."

The late prime minister, Netanyahu continued, never compromised himself or the truth according to popular sentiment, "and therefore I think it is fitting that we pay our respects (to him)."

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