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