PM: Shamir always remained a soldier serving Israel

Prime minister, Peres eulogize former PM Shamir at Mt. Herzl; Netanyahu: Shamir understood importance of national unity.

July 2, 2012 18:39
1 minute read.
Former PM Yitzhak Shamir laid to rest at Mt. Herzl

Shamir funeral 370. (photo credit: Channel 10)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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. Shamir passed away at the age of 96 on Saturday in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu praised Shamir for his days as a commander of the underground Jewish group, the Lehi, during the period of mandatory Palestine.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"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."

In what appeared to be a reference to a coalition crisis brewing over haredi enlistment, Netanyahu added that Shamir understood the importance of national unity. "Shamir understood that unity is an important source for national strength."

Netanyahu also eluded to the Iranian threat, saying that Shamir had told the US during the Gulf War that if Washington did not act against Iraq, whose leader saddam Hussein was directing Scud missiles at Israel, Jerusalem would take matters into its own hands.

President Shimon Peres spoke at the funeral, calling Shamir "a man that was sure of himself and firm in his opinions."

Peres stated that Shamir's ideology in the present was given legitimacy by the past of the Jewish people.

Peres praised Shamir for showing restraint during the Gulf War and opening up in a dialogue with the Palestinians at the Madrid peace conference.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night