Former PM Yitzhak Shamir to be buried today at Mt. Herzl (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 07/02/12)
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Shamir to be buried alongside wife after passing away in TA at age
96; coffin to be brought to Knesset where public will be invited to
pay respects; Peres, Netanyahu, Rivlin to eulogize former PM at
Former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir will buried on Monday evening
alongside his wife, Shulamit, in the section reserved for leaders of
Israel on Mount Herzl.
He died in Tel Aviv on Saturday at age 96.
President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin and representatives of Shamir’s family will
eulogize the former prime minister at the funeral. Earlier, his
coffin will be brought to the Knesset, where the public will be
invited to pay its respects from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday’s cabinet meeting began with a moment of silence for Shamir.
Netanyahu used the occasion to defend some of Shamir’s more
Shamir’s statement in 1989 that “the Arabs are the same Arabs and the
sea is the same sea,” regarding the never-ending Arab desire to
destroy Israel, invoked strong criticism, even contempt at the time,
Netanyahu told the cabinet.
Today, however, “there are certainly many more people who understand
that this 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 that it is proper that we honor him in meetings, at
tomorrow’s ceremony, and at special meetings to be held today.”
Netanyahu convened the Likud faction at the Prime Minister’s Office
on Sunday to enable the party’s ministers and MKs to share their
personal memories of Shamir. Netanyahu recalled at that meeting that
Shamir sent him on personal missions when he was ambassador to the UN
to deliver important diplomatic messages.
“What defined Shamir more than anything else was his unconditional
loyalty to Israel and its security,” Netanyahu said. “Yitzhak was
consistent and restrained and he knew how to choose realistic stances
that fit each and every situation.”
Vice Premier Silvan Shalom mocked critics of Shamir who said he did
not accomplish anything. Shalom said the peace conference Shamir
initiated in Madrid in 1991 led to Israel establishing relations with
many countries and to several major international companies,
including McDonald’s, starting to do business in Israel.
Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, who is the only current minister
who served in Shamir’s cabinet, focused on the Russian immigrants who
came under Shamir’s watch. He recalled Shamir telling the Americans
to stop allowing Russian Jews to come to the US under the category of
people who lack a homeland.
“After 1948, there are no Jews who lack a homeland,” Meridor said
Shamir told the US State Department. “Who know how many Jews would
not have come to Israel if Shamir was not so stubborn with the
MK Tzipi Hotovely said that when a pollster told Shamir that “the
public is not satisfied,” he replied: “Stop. We need to do what we
need to do.”
She said this proved that Shamir was a man of vision who withstood
pressure and succeeded to lead in the way he thought was right even
when the public disagreed. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/02/12)
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