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Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday canceled a special Knesset session to memorialize former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who passed away in late June.

Rivlin was apparently concerned that MKs, newly busy with election campaign preparations, would not turn up to pay respects to Shamir.

Rivlin suggested to Shamir’s daughter, Gilada, and his son, Yair, that the memorial session be...