Yitzhak Shamir

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Yitzhak Shamir (Hebrew יִצְחָק שָׁמִיר) (October 22, 1915June 30, 2012) was Prime Minister of Israel from 1983 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1992. He was born Icchak Jaziernicki (Itzchak Izernitzki) in Różana, Poland (now Ruzhany, Belarus).


  • Neither Jewish ethics nor Jewish tradition can disqualify terrorism as a means of combat. We are very far from having any moral qualms as far as our national war goes. We have before us the command of the Torah, whose morality surpasses that of any other body of laws in the world: "Ye shall blot them out to the last man." We are particularly far from having any qualms with regard to the enemy, whose moral degradation is universally admitted here.

    But first and foremost, terrorism is for us a part of the political battle being conducted under the present circumstances, and it has a great part to play: speaking in a clear voice to the whole world, as well as to our wretched brethren outside this land, it proclaims our war against the occupier.

    • Hehazit [The Front] (Summer 1943).

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