Disturbingly, Assange seems to have a personal motivation for staying friendly with Shamir.
After founder Avraham Stern was killed, Shamir became part of Lehi's ruling triumvirate.
Shamir recently authored an essay in the Times of Israel explaining his firm opposition to Palestinian statehood.
Post-independence, Shamir found a place back in the shadows as a Mossad agent.
The president came to believe Shamir misled him on the settlement issue, or flat-out lied to him.
Or is he merely another Shamir, a reluctant partner until the end?
With motherly tenderness she hurries to split the stone by applying the Shamir.
He that weareth the Shamir findeth favour with kings and hath no dread of evil spirits.
The Shamir stones are male and female; buried deep in the ground they are capable of multiplying.
The Shamir, O, King, is the only might in creation to do the work in accordance with the divine behest.