Jerusalem Report

A contradictory life

After strongly opposing the establishment of a Palestinian state for most of his political life, Sharon dramatically changed course.

Sharon sits with his wife Lily
Photo by: GPO

ARIEL SHARON, Israel’s 11th prime minister, will be remembered as the daring general who turned the tide in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the overreaching defense minister who led Israel into the divisive 1982 Lebanon invasion, and the once hawkish national leader who, in the summer of 2005, carried out the unilateral evacuation of soldiers and settlers that ended Israel’s 38-year-long occupation of the Gaza Strip.

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