Former Israeli Prime Minister Shamir dies at 96

Israeli media are reporting that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has died. He was 96.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netnayhau mourned Shamir's death Saturday, saying in a statement that Shamir "led Israel with a deep loyalty to the nation."

Shamir's ability to remain true to his belief -- that Israel must hang on to territory and never trust an Arab regime -- guided him throughout his life.

Born Yitzhak Jazernicki in Poland in 1915, he moved to pre-state Palestine in 1935.

He served as prime minister for seven years, from 1983-84 and 1986-92. His term as prime minister was marked by the Palestinian uprising and the 1991 Gulf war, when Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at Israel.