Yitzhak Shamir, 1915-2012

On Monday, July 2, 2012,

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the large flag over the Knesset flew at half mast,

while this warning sign was posted in front of the building.

Yitzhak Shamir, the 7th Prime Minister of Israel, had died at age 96,

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  and his casket was lying in state in the main hall.

Getting into the Knesset Building is usually not easy.

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But today the public was invited to pay their respects to the Shamir family,

as army rabbis stood and read Psalms.

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Vice Premier Dan Meridor was one of the government officials present.

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At 4:00 pm, the floral wreaths surrounding the casket 

were removed

 and an honor guard lifted the casket.

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IDF Chief Chazan Shai Abramson led the procession out of the hall

while chanting  Psalm 91.

The public was then ushered out of the Knesset Building.

In 1991, Prime Minister Shamir approved Operation Solomon

which brought over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

On the day of his funeral, Ethiopian community leaders

were in the last group to leave the Knesset grounds.

The funeral procession went to Mount Herzl Cemetery for burial.

There was just enough time for some visitors to pose 

for a quick photo.

On the way in I had a “buggy” ride,

but on the way out everyone walked.

Most people walked away slowly.

Yitzhak Shamir  z’l  


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