I met Yitzhak Shamir during a 1984 trip to Israel. At that time I knew little about the genial man who sat opposite me at a table in a government building, but I have since learned more about him. Shamir was one of the giants. I note that the Sunday Telegraph (London) describes him in a headline as "former terrorist." I guess it all depends on how you define a terrorist; the Irgun was fighting a battle against the pro-Arab British during the Mandate years, and the British defined the Irgun, not the Arabs who were killing Jews as they worked on farms and in towns, as terrorists. Bombing the King David Hotel bar certainly caught the attention, finally, of the British. Was this the act of terrorists? The same Britain that weeps black ink when one Palestinian delinquent is injured or killed by Israeli police or the IDF but not when rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza toward schools and hospitals calls a man who devoted his whole life, and took enormous personal risks, for Israel a "terrorist" in an obituary article. One man like Yitzhak Shamir is worth more than the entire British army, in my opinion, and history has proved it.
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