Israel Today
PTACHIA SHAMIR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1990 12:00 p.m.

The Foundation for California, the Keck Center for
International Strategic Studies, and the Marian
Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present Ptachia
Shamir
, one of the founding fathers of the state of
Israel. Among his many accomplishments in a life filled
with historic milestones, Mr. Shamir co-founded the
Herut-Likud party with another of Israel's founding
fathers and former prime minister, Menachem Begin.

Born in Poland in 1920, Mr. Shamir migrated to Israel
before the outbreak of World War II. In 1938 he joined
the underground organization, IRGUN, fighting for
independence against British rule. In 1939 he was
sentenced by a British military court to five years in
prison for underground activity, during which time he
gave himself a general education and learned several
languages. During Israel's War for Independence in
1948, he gained the rank of commander of the IRGUN in
Tel-Aviv, and led the liberation of the city of Jaffa.

After the establishment of Israel, Mr. Shamir joined
Menachem Begin in founding the Herut movement, and
in 1987-88 served as director general of the Herut-Likud
party. Shamir is popularly known as the spiritual
founder of Likud and the top-most adviser to Likud
prime ministers. He is also one of the few remaining
members of the founding generation of Israeli leaders
and, thus, a living embodiment of the modern history of
an ancient people.

Founder, president, and chairman of Youth Towns of
Israel, he presides today over an organization that
educates thousands of young boys and girls to be useful
citizens of Israeli society. He is the father of two sons,
both of whom are high-ranking officers in the Israeli
Army.

Lunch begins promptly at noon, and Mr. Shamir
begins speaking at 12:20 p.m. Please join us for lunch by
filling out and returning the reservation form.