JERUSALEM (WKOW) -- Israel has lost one it's most prominent voices. Dov Shilansky, a Holocaust survivor and former speaker of the Israeli parliament, has died. He was 86.
Shilansky was born in Lithuania. He later emigrated to Israel in 1948. He trained to be a lawyer, and he was first elected to parliament for the conservative Likud party in 1977. He later became deputy minister in Menachem Begin's government.
Between 1988-1992 he served as speaker of the Knesset, or parliament. In 1993, he ran as Likud's candidate for the ceremonial job of president but lost to Ezer Weizman.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that with Shilansky's passing, Israel lost one of its most dedicated and exemplary leaders. Netanyahu said, "The story of his life is the story of our people."
Shilansky is survived by a son. His funeral is scheduled Friday in Tel Aviv.