Settler leader Ze’ev “Zambish” Hever promised to overcome obstacles to build the
Land of Israel in his eulogy Monday at the Knesset, for his friend, former prime
minister Ariel Sharon.
Calling Sharon his teacher and “the father of the
settlements,” Hever recalled how he learned from him how to fight, build and
He said Sharon always reminded him that whatever project
they built was intended to last forever.
He spoke with anguish about
Sharon’s change of heart about the settlements at the end of his career and his
decision to dismantle all the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and four in
“It was difficult and painful when you disengaged from the path
on which we marched together,” Hever said. “The pain was tremendous, but
tremendous love can make up for it.”
In the short speech, Hever said he
never received answers from Sharon about why he changed sides but that he never
stopped loving him.
Hever spoke as a representative of the Sharon family,
along with the former prime minister’s secretary Mirit Danon and his friend from
the IDF Shimon “Kacha” Kahaner.
Danon recalled that Sharon always spoke
to his subordinates with respect, and was the first one to notice if any of them
were sad. She recalled how he had a special place in his heart for Holocaust
survivors who came to Israel and fought in the IDF.
their service together in the famed Unit 101, in which Sharon led reprisal raids
across Israel’s borders in the 1950s. He said Sharon saved his life multiple
times, and that it was a privilege to serve under him.
“He turned the IDF
from an army that had lost motivation, took 35 soldiers, and removed the word
‘impossible’ from our vocabulary,” Kahaner said.