With the passing of Yitzhak Shamir we are seeing the near end of an era. How many individuals that could truly be considered among the founders of the State of Israel are left. Only a handful. Besides Shimon Peres and
there are not many members of the Jewish State’s founding generation whose names are easily recognizable to the international community.
Shamir’s involvement in leadership roles in the Zionist movement spanned nearly his entire adult life: underground fighter, intelligence officer, Soviet Jewry activist, politician, statesman and Prime Minister. Shamir was all of these and much more.
Shamir dedicated his life to the realization of the Zionist dreams of Theodor Herzl and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Almost no other figure in Israeli history had a career that made such an impact on so many different crucial episodes in Israel’s development.
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