Sunday, July 1, 2012

RIP Yitzhak Shamir

I am saddened to  hear of the passing of the former Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.  Yitzhak Shamir died at the age of 96 on Saturday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Via: The Republican Jewish Coalition Newsletter on Sunday, July 1.

I agree with the words of Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition who said so beautifully: "Yitzhak Shamir devoted his life to Israel and the Jewish people. He was a man of great integrity and strong principle, respected even by his opponents for his unyielding commitment to the security and welfare of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. One of his most notable achievements as prime minister was the absorption of over 1 million Soviet Jews and 60,000 Ethiopian Jews into Israel. During the Gulf War, he maintained a policy of remarkable restraint, withholding Israeli retaliation against missile attacks from Iraq. His focus was always on Israel's safety and growth, and the Jewish people's eternal bond with the Land of Israel. May his family and friends be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May his memory be for a blessing."

Thank you Matt for those words.  May God Bless Yitzhak Shamir.


bradley said...

The last point about Israel withholding retaliation, I believe, was also out of a respect and love for America's desires--- if we only now could returning that respect and love, but little chance with this US president who praised and congratulated the Muslim brotherhood, long haters of Jews and Israel!

Big Mike said...

You are 100% correct Brad! Israeli leaders and people have always showed their respect and love for America. In every administration before this one that respect and bond between the two countries has been reciprocated. And then there came Barack. Sheesh!