From warrior to man of peace at last

By DAVID POLLOCK
January 16, 2014 16:56

Ariel Sharon showed himself capable of making bold policy reversals when he felt the country’s welfare as a democratic Jewish state was at stake.




Former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media

Former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media. (photo credit: Reuters)

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon incarnated many of the contradictory dimensions of his entire country: courageous, and so unavoidably controversial; steadfast in his core convictions, yet flexible, impulsive, and even unpredictable in carrying them out; supremely self-confident, yet always acutely concerned about his country’s security.

He rose to prominence, as the title of his 1989 autobiography succinctly notes, as a warrior: fighting with great ferocity and distinction in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Suez war, the 1967 Six Day War, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War; and then overseeing the 1982 Lebanon war, with a much murkier outcome, as minister of defense.

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