Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy
Shamir was a world class thug.
by Stephen Lendman
Shamir reflected the worst of what Joel Kovel calls "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs of the fascist malignancy."
In his book "Overcoming Zionism," he called Israel "a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses."
Terrorists like Shamir ran it. They still do. They defend indefensible Zionism. It's corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful.
It claims Jewish supremacy, specialness and uniqueness as God's "chosen people." It espouses violence, not peaceful coexistence. It chooses confrontation over diplomacy. It believes in strength through militarism, intimidation, and naked aggression.
It spurns fundamental ethical and moral principles. It's a cancer that's consuming its host and humanity. Shamir represented its dark side.
On June 30, he died at age 96. Hillary Clinton said he "work(ed) for Israel's independence....strengthened (its) security, and advanced the partnership between the United States and Israel."
Shimon Peres hailed him as "a brave warrior....a great patriot and lover of Israel who served his country with integrity."
Netanyahu said he "fought for the freedom of the Jewish people in its land." He "belonged to the generation of giants who founded the State of Israel and fought for the freedom of the Jewish people."
They didn't explain how. They omitted his criminal legacy. More on that below.
Born Yitzhak Yezernitzky in Ruzinoy, Poland, he left Warsaw for Palestine in 1935. In 1937, he joined the terrorist Irgun gang. Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin led it. It followed hardline Ze'ev Jabotinsky's "Revisionist Zionism."
He argued that peaceful coexistence with Arabs was untenable. He advocated violent confrontations. Jews had to build "an iron wall of (superior) military force," he believed. At issue was using Jewish might to remove, slaughter, and/or subjugate them.
Irgun and Lehi were responsible for the 1946 King David Hotel attack. It massacred 92 Brits, Arabs and Jews. Dozens of others were wounded. David Ben-Gurion approved it. Begin led it. Shamir was directly involved.