Yitzhak Shamir – Former Israeli Prime Minister In the Mastermind Chair
Yitzhak Shamir was possibly the most right-wing of all Israeli Prime Ministers. He was certainly a cold blooded killer, having authorised the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, the UN Mediator in Palestine in 1948. Bernadotte had been trying to negotiate the future of Jerusalem which the UN had proposed be an international city.
Shamir, who was twice Israeli Prime Minister, between 1983 and 1984 and again from 1986-1992, was one of the triumvirate that headed Israel’s Stern Gang (or Lehi) terrorist group. The group in 1940 made not one but two overtures to the Nazis proposing a formal military alliance. Shamir approved of this.
Enjoy the Spitting Image of Shamir in the hot seat. For international readers, Mastermind is a long standing British quizz show.