Shalom Life | September 20, 2014

Former Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir Dead at 96

Mr. Shamir “led Israel with a deep loyalty to the nation,” says PM Netanyahu

By: News Staff

Published: June 30th, 2012 in News » Israel

Former Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir Dead at 96

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir died on Saturday at the age of 96.

Born Yitzhak Jazernicki in Poland in 1915, Shamir moved to pre-Israel Palestine in 1935.

He was Israel’s prime minister for seven years, from 1983-84 and again from 1986-92. His term was marked by the Palestinian uprising and the 1991 Gulf war, during which Iraq fired dozens of Scud missiles onto Israeli soil.

Mr. Shamir “led Israel with a deep loyalty to the nation,” said current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement made upon hearing the news of Shamir’s death.

Shamir served as prime minister longer than anyone other than David Ben-Gurion, and preached a strong sense of Zionism and expansive settlement in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and, during his time in office, the Jews living in in the occupied territories enjoyed an increase of almost 30 percent. He also did everything he could to help promote a strong wave of aliyah by Soviet Jews.

The late prime minister entered Israel’s political opposition when Yitzhak Rabin became prime minister in 1992. Mr. Shamir retired from politics a few years later, at 81.

Hag Sameach from Israel & the IDF [VIDEO] Hag Sameach from Israel & the IDF [VIDEO] Trending‘Syrian Nelson Mandela’ Praises Israeli Aid for Wounded Syrians ‘Syrian Nelson Mandela’ Praises Israeli Aid for Wounded Syrians TrendingIranians Caught Using Fake Israeli Passports Iranians Caught Using Fake Israeli Passports Trending
 

The Ten Best Deli's in North America

September 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Ten Best Deli's in North America

Got a hankering for a smoked meat sandwich? Look no further

Read More

New Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners Harmful For Diabetics

September 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
New Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners Harmful For Diabetics

A new study From Israel cautions diabetics to think twice about sugar substitutes

Read More

Daniel Radcliffe Repays His Debt to Irish Football Team Two Years Later

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Daniel Radcliffe Repays His Debt to Irish Football Team Two Years Later

'The F Word' star paid back the cab fare he borrowed while partying with the team.

Read More

Seth Rogen Teams Up With Adam McKay and Ben Schwartz For New Film

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Seth Rogen Teams Up With Adam McKay and Ben Schwartz For New Film

The 'This Is The End' star will also be producing.

Read More

Joan Rivers Writes Forward For New Jewish Cookbook

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Joan Rivers Writes Forward For New Jewish Cookbook

The comedian contributed some Jewish jokes and sentiments for 'Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food'

Read More

Robert Downey Jr. To Be Honored At Britannia Awards

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Robert Downey Jr. To Be Honored At Britannia Awards

The 'Iron Man' star will be joined by Mark Ruffalo, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, and others

Read More

James Franco Says ‘Alien’ From ‘Spring Breakers’ is Most Relatable Character

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
James Franco Says ‘Alien’ From ‘Spring Breakers’ is Most Relatable Character

The actor thinks that he's very similar to the corn-rowed, gun-toting character from Harmony Korine's film.

Read More

Jamie Geller And Tom Franz Explore The Bible’s Superfoods

September 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jamie Geller And Tom Franz Explore The Bible’s Superfoods

Two of Israel's most renown Kosher chefs explore biblical foods in the City of David

Read More

More Headlines