Yitzhak Shamir, 1915-2012: A modest man, an uninspiring leader - and a genuine zealot
Contrary to his public image, Shamir was a likeable and open-minded man. But his hardline policies launched Israel on the road to a tragic dead end.
Of all the Israelis that have led Israel since its inception in 1948, Yitzhak Shamir is the only one who was a true zealot. A modest and moderate man with infinite self-control, he was nonetheless a fanatic devotee of his vision of the Jewish people and the Greater Land of Israel. The end, in his eyes, always justified the means.