Dov Shilansky, former Knesset speaker, dies at 86 (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jonathan Lis 12/10/10)
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The Speaker of the 12th Knesset, Dov Shilansky, died yesterday in Tel
Aviv. He was 86.
Shilansky served as a Likud MK, and also as a deputy minister in the
Prime Minister´s Office during the second cabinet of Menachem Begin,
and Yitzak Shamir´s first.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a special statement
yesterday upon receiving news of Shilansky´s death.
"The nation of Israel lost one of the most dedicated, excellent and
pure of its leaders," he said. "Shilansky was among the founders of
the national movement who survived the Holocaust and dedicated his
life to safeguarding the establishment of the nation of Israel in its
"In all his roles," Netanyahu continued, "Shilansky expressed the
purity in his soul and his absolute commitment to the Jewish nation,
to the commemoration of the Holocaust, to Zionism, to the Land of
Israel and to the values of humanism."
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin also made statement to mark his
predecessor´s death, noting "Shilansky was a man determined in his
views, but pleasant on a social level."
"[He] fought for his people and his country and contributed greatly
to Israeli democracy and the culture of debate here," Rivlin
continued. "He always had a smile on his face, despite the hardships
he endured in his life, the horrors of the Holocaust and losing his
son in war."
Rivlin added that "Shilansky will be remembered as a rock, a symbol
of belief in the righteousness of the cause."
Dov Shilansky was born on March 21, 1924 in Lithuania. During the
Holocaust, he was part of the underground in the Siauliai Ghetto and
commander of the Irgun Tzvai Leumi (National Military Organization,
also known as Etzel ) in Germany and Rome.
He immigrated to Israel on the Altalena ship in 1948 and fought in
the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces during the War of
Independence. In 1952, Shilansky was charged with planning to carry
out a terrorist attack against the Israeli Foreign Ministry to
protest the Holocaust reparations agreement made between Israel and
Germany at the time. He was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment.
Shilansky was a lawyer and served as an MK for the Likud party
consecutively in Knessets 9 through 13. (© Copyright 2010 Ha´aretz
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