Israeli ex-PM Shamir buried in state ceremony (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 07/02/12)
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The body of Israel´s former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, who died
on Saturday aged 96, was laid to rest with full state honours on
Monday at Jerusalem´s Mount Herzl cemetery.
President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset
speaker Reuven Rivlin led the mourners at the hilltop site, where
Israel´s leading political and military figures are buried.
"Yitzhak Shamir was a fighter," Peres said. "For his people, for his
country, for his path."
"He fought against British rule (and) in the Mossad against the
hidden threat," Peres added.
A member of a far-right pre-state underground militia during the
British mandate over Palestinian, Shamir was an agent of the Mossad
spy agency before becoming Israel´s prime minister from 1983 to 1984
and then from 1986 to 1992, also serving terms as speaker of the
Knesset and foreign minister.
During the day he had lay in state at the Knesset, Israel´s
parliament, flanked by military chaplains and an honour guard.
"You were a solid rock Yitzhak; unbreakable," Rivlin said
earlier. "Nothing could divert you from your path."
At Mount Herzl, Shamir´s coffin was draped in the blue and white
Israeli flag as relatives and the Israeli political establishment
paid their respects.
He retired from political life in 1996 and in his later years
suffered from Alzheimer´s disease, living in a retirement home north
of Tel Aviv until his death. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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