sharon alone in knesset.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Kadima MK Yoel Hasson nominated former prime minister Ariel Sharon for the 2007 Israel Prize in light of his substantial contribution to the State of Israel, Army Radio reported on Tuesday evening.
Hasson wrote that Sharon was "an exceptional soldier all through the chain of command, a hero of the Yom Kippur War, an admired general, a member of Knesset and a minister for years, and one of the most popular prime ministers in the history of the State of Israel, [making him] the man most worthy of the Israel Prize."
On a personal note, Hasson added that Sharon had been his mentor for some time.
"I had the very great honor to work beside one of the greatest people in the history of the State of Israel," he said. "Sharon was the paradigm of the proud Israeli, the salt of the earth, who was a part of all the decision-making bodies of the State of Israel. He will be remembered forever as one of the greatest and most influential leaders of Jewish people in general."
Hasson lamented that "this may be the last opportunity for the State of Israel and the Israeli people to thank this man for his great contribution," and urged the Israeli people to seize that opportunity.