Sharon: The life of a lion

“He was on the threshold of the promised land, he already took the step, he was about to place his foot on the promised land, and then he fell.”

January 12, 2014 02:24
sharon at kotel

Prime minister Sharon prays at the Kotel in Jerusalem in February 2001.. (photo credit: gpo)


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A childhood in conflict
The younger of two children, Ariel Sharon was born to Russian immigrants Shmuel and Devorah “Vera” Scheinerman on February 27, 1928, on a small moshav named Kfar Malal located near Kfar Saba, in the Sharon plain in the country’s center. At the suggestion of one of his mentors, Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, he changed his last name to Sharon.

He was born into a life that was immediately filled with conflict. His parents, who came to Palestine only in 1922, were often at odds with their neighbors over farming issues. If the moshav decided that “everyone should plant oranges and lemons,” recalled Sharon, his father would “insist on experimenting with mandarins and mangoes.”

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