Former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir passed away at the age of 96 on Saturday at the care home in which he resided in Tel Aviv.Shamir served as Israel's seventh prime minister from 1983 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1992.
He also served as Knesset speaker, opposition head and was among the founders of the Mossad. He was among the leaders of the Jewish underground group Lehi in mandatory Palestine.
Shamir lived in a care home for the last several years because of his poor health, He leaves behind two children and five grandchildren. Shamir lost his wife Shlomit last year at the age of 88.
The former prime minister was expected to be laid to rest on Monday.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich both praised Shamir for dedicating his life to the State of Israel and sent their condolences to his family.