1991 - a pivotal year that started with Iraqi missiles launched on Israel and has ended with the consequential Madrid Peace Conference was the last year Yitzhak Shamir served as the Prime Minister of Israel. The film intertwines exclusive and behind-the-scenes' insights illustrating the unique path between the terror of war and the hopes of peace. It dramatically unfolds Shamir's unprecedented and controversial decisions such as not retaliating to Iraq's missile attack in addition to withstanding international pressure from world leaders such as President George H. W. Bush and President Mikhail Gorbachev.
The film reveals for the first time the extraordinary life of a ground-breaking leader who has impacted the entire Middle East region for decades.
The film reveals significant milestones in Shamir's life as head of the LEHI, "Fighters for the Freedom of Israel" – a militant organization that has fought the British Mandate in order to establish a Jewish state in Israel. Shamir was also the head of an elite and secret unite in the MOSSAD – Israel Secret Intelligence Service before entering politics.
Shamir's enigmatic and unique story is revealed via interviews with key figures such as former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, and former heads of Israel's Secret Agencies such as Ya'akov Peri and Shabtai Shavit, in addition to interviews with Shamir's confidants, collogues and family. Shamir is portrayed as a sophisticated, loyal and revered leader with many accomplishments but also many secrets which he has zealously guarded – some of which are revealed in the film for the first time. For example, the film depicts the clandestine meeting with King Hussain, which prevented war with Jordan, and the intelligence war room which operated during the historic Madrid Peace Conference.
SHAMIR, HIS WAY provides a rare glimpse to understand Shamir's tenacity, beliefs and actions which have shaped the lives of many and have influenced Israel and the whole Middle East.
Varied key figures have attended the film's Israeli premiere, such as Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel, prior to its broadcast on Channel 8, one of Israel's leading documentary channels.
60 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.
Creators: Igal Lerner & Erez Fridman
Photo: Yaakov Saar, LAM
World Leaders in the Madrid Peace Conference, Including Shamir
Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel during the film's Israeli Premiere