Man of many wars

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January 22, 2014 18:15

Ariel Sharon cast an indelible imprint on the annals of the Israel Defense Forces.




Former Chief of Staff Haim Bar-Lev consults with Maj. Gen. Ariel Sharon during the Yom Kippur War

Former Chief of Staff Haim Bar-Lev consults with Maj. Gen. Ariel Sharon during the Yom Kippur War, 1973. (photo credit:YOSSI GREENBERG / GPO)

ISRAEL HAS had its exceptional heroes. Meir Har-Zion, a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ famous commando force, Unit 101, formed by Ariel Sharon, is said to be one of the country’s greatest fighters; Ehud Barak is the country’s most decorated soldier; and Moshe Dayan is considered, abroad in particular, the most renowned Israeli military man.

When it comes to Ariel Sharon, one can find all of these essentials in one. He was a bold warrior and a cunning officer, a sophisticated commander and an intelligent leader. During his long military career, he showed flashes of strategic genius, marred occasionally by tactical failures, a tendency for adventurism and recklessness. Above all, he was a “Warrior,” the title he selected for his autobiography, and wanted to be remembered as such.

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