- Associated Press - Monday, July 2, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was buried Monday at Israel’s national cemetery.

Mr. Shamir was Israel’s seventh prime minister, serving for seven years, in 1983-84 and 1986-92. He died Saturday at age 96.

His terms were marked by his refusal to consider giving up land for deals with the Palestinians, as well as Israel’s restraint in the face of missile attacks from Iraq in the 1991 Gulf war.

He was buried at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. He was eulogized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and his son, Yair.

Born in Poland, Mr. Shamir was an underground militia leader fighting Arabs and British forces before Israel was created.

Later, before entering politics, he served in the Mossad as an intelligence agent who hunted Nazis.



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