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Israelis pay respect to former PM Shamir

The casket of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is carried into the Knesset in Jerusalem on Monday. A group of mourners turned out to say their last goodbyes to Israel's second-longest-serving prime minister. The hawkish former Israeli leader, who two decades ago first balked at U.S. calls to trade occupied land for Middle East peace, died on Saturday at the age of 96. Shamir was born in Poland, but moved to British-ruled Palestine before the Holocaust, in which his family died. A former Mossad spy, he is largely remembered for his hardline stances. Rather than seek accommodation with the Palestinians, Shamir championed new settlements and the immigration of hundreds of thousands of Soviet and Ethiopian Jews in a bid to keep ahead of the growing Muslim population under Israeli rule. In later years he largely withdrew from public life, with his health in decline. Shamir was set to receive a state burial on Monday. Travis Brecher, ReutersAuteur: reutersTags: respect aged Shamir respects pay their Israelis Minister final Prime Gepost: 02 juli 2012Beoordeling: 0.0Stemmen: 0]]>

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