Israelis pay respects to Yitzhak Shamir (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Boaz Fyler Published: 07.02.12, 10:16)
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Late premier´s casket placed at Knesset Plaza before funeral to allow
public to pay its respects
The casket of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir who passed away on
Saturday at the age of 96, has been placed at the Knesset Plaza in
Jerusalem. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin eulogized Shamir and laid a
wreath in his memory. Members of the public are paying their respects.
Shamir will be laid to rest on Monday evening in the Nation´s Great
cemetery in Mount Herzl.
Rivlin said, "Yitzhak, you were an unbreakable rock. On your
shoulders you carried the weight of this nation, its past and its
future. Nothing made you stray from your path.
"Only one weakness managed to break this formidable rock, to carve
its stones and make them into pillars of the Kingdom of Israel. It
was love: your love for this persecuted people, your love for the
ancestral homeland, your love for your children, your home, your
Various state officials and public figures expressed their sorrow
over Shamir´s death on Saturday.
"Yitzhak Shamir was a brave warrior for Israel, before and after its
inception. He was a great patriot and his enormous contribution will
be forever etched in our chronicles," President Shimon Peres said in
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the former leader, saying
that "He was a paragon of loyalty to the Land of Israel and the
eternal values of the Jewish people." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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