Yitzhak Shamir

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Yitzhak Shamir
יִצְחָק שָׁמִיר
Shamir in March 1988
7th Prime Minister of Israel
In office
October 20, 1986 – July 13, 1992
Preceded by Shimon Peres
Succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin
In office
October 10, 1983 – September 13, 1984
Preceded by Menachem Begin
Succeeded by Shimon Peres
Personal details
Born Icchak Jeziernicky
October 22, 1915(1915-10-22)
Ruzhinoy, Russian Empire
Died June 30, 2012(2012-06-30) (aged 96)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Political party Likud
Spouse(s) Shulamit Shamir
(m. 1944–2011; her death)
Children 2
Religion Judaism
Signature

Yitzhak Shamir (born Icchak Jaziernicky; 15 October 1915 - 30 June 2012) was a Polish born Israeli politician and the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms, 1983–84 and 1986–92.

He was born in Ruzhinoy, in the Russian Empire in 1915. In 1935, Shamir went to Palestine, where he worked in an accountant’s office.[1] Before the establishment of the State of Israel, Shamir was a member of the Irgun, and then one of Lehi commanders in the 1930s and 1940s.

After the establishment of the State of Israel, he worked for Israel's security service, the Mossad from 1955-1965. He joined the Herut political party in 1969. He was elected to Israel's parliament, the Knesset, in 1973 as a member of political party the Likud. He was the Prime Minister of Israel from 1983-1984 and from 1986-1992. He was the country’s second longest-serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion.[1]

He died of Alzheimer's disease in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2012 and was buried in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/former-israeli-prime-minister-yitzhak-shamir-dies-at-96-1.447882