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(7) Anonymous, July 4, 2012 7:17 AM

In memory .....

Israel was indeed fortunate to have had a leader of his wisdom and character, displaying the right qualities at the right times. May his memory continue to be an inspiration to all those who follow in positions of influence in our beloved land.

(6) matania ginosar, July 4, 2012 6:36 AM

Please read my own brief memories of my Lechi-Stern Gang- leader Itzhak Shamir at: http://www.zionismontheweb.org/blogs/index.php?blog=12

(5) theresa, July 4, 2012 4:11 AM

G-d bless you, R Shraga

yes, a beautiful eulogy. while a couple of jewish bloggers have been criticising him, its very heartwarming to read this. what Hashem expects of every jew, loving one another. some jews fought physical wars, some jews fought spiritual wars, while other jews studied torah and prayed for israel. each is equally important in its own way. thank you rabbi shraga. may many read this article and give due respect to the dead.

(4) p.herring, July 3, 2012 11:49 PM

Farewell Yitzak Shamir

The founding fathers move on - none greater than Yitzak Shamir. The courageous efforts of Lehi and Irgun against the British, hampered and even betrayed at times by socialist elements from within the Jewish agency,were a driving force in hastening the departure of the colonial occupier from Palestine. Militarily Britain could not be beaten. However politically, the economic cost of maintaining a large garrison to combat the Freedom Fighters, could not be justified at a time when Britain was undergoing hardship recovering from WW2. With the British gone the State of Israel came into being. Since 1948 the nationalist parties in Israel have done all possible to ensure the survival of a country surrounded by implaccable enemies - Mr Shamir with his role in Govt. and as PM was a leading figure in this never ending battle. It is only to be hoped that the present and future generation of Israelis will heed his advice - aquired during a lifetime of dealing with the problems faced by the State. - NO land is to be returned to the so called Palestinians - The Judea/Samaria settlements must stay and dramatically expand - The Arab nations can never be trusted - they will never relax their dream that the Jewish State must be destroyed, along with all Israeli Jewish subjects Yes - Mr Shamir has passed into history after contributing so much for Israel May his name be eternally blessed

(3) Haim, July 3, 2012 9:35 PM

Shamir started as a Terroroist

Yitzhak Shamir was a member of the Irgun Zvi Luimi, the terrorist organization that came out of the Revisionist movement. Itzak Stern led a split when the Irgun declared a truce with the British in World war II. Stern started Lehi, "Fishters for the kingdom of Israel." They wanted to fight the British and the Arabs during the war. They even attempted to make an alliance with Germany. Later after Stern was killed by the Birtish, Shamir took over Lehi. He ordered the assination of Lord Moyne, the British Minister Resident in Ciaro. He wanted to assisnate Lord Cunningham, the British High Commisioner of Palestine, but the security was too tight, so they choose Lord Moyne. Later in 1948 Shamir ordered the successful assination Count Folke Bernadotte, the first UN mediator. Bernadotte had dsitinguished himself during the war by saving thousands of Jews from German concentration camps. They were evacuated to Sweden. This goes to show yesterday's terrorist is today's statestman.

p.herring, July 8, 2012 2:06 AM

corrections to Haim

1. Irgun Zvai leumi was an underground organisation opposing the British colonial rule - they were terrorists ONLY in the eyes of the occupying power 2. Avraham Stern was murdered in cold blood by a detective from the British Palestine Police Force when located in a Tel Aviv Apartment - who betrayed him ......

(2) dovid, July 3, 2012 4:00 PM

Few said anything good about him during his lifetime.

Does one has to die so that those left behind say anything good about him?

(1) Anonymous, July 2, 2012 7:30 PM

In memory....

Beautifully written eulogy of a very fine person. The Jewish people were fortunate to have him serve Israel.

 

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