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One of the most controversial figures in Israeli political and military history. Before entering politics, he was a well-known respected general, considered the greatest field commander in the country's history and one of its greatest military strategist. Upon retirement from the IDF, he entered politics and was a member of the Likud. He served as Defense Minister up until the onslaught of the second Lebanon War. Sharon was a proponent of settlement construction through the 1990's, yet as prime minister in 2005, he initiated the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, a move frowned upon by his party. Facing opposition, he left the Likud and found Kadima. Sharon suffered a severe stroke in 2006 which left him hospitalized in a vegetative state up until his death in 2014.
Gilad Sharon, the son of the late PM Ariel Sharon, doesn't believe that the current state of affairs allows for a development of a potential peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.
A framed copy of the letter was presented to the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Museum in Or Yehuda at a ceremony earlier this month.
Former US President George W. Bush promised Sharon that the settlement blocs would be included within Israel’s final borders after revealing the Gaza disengagement plan, says Dov Weisglass.
Policy makers still turn a blind eye to "price tag" activists and legislators have followed suit.
By GADI ZOHARI
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By ISI LEIBLER
THERE ARE moments in life when people perceive Divine Providence, and this, for me, was one of them.
By HILLEL S CHEINFELD
Both – Ariel Sharon and Shulamit Aloni – passed away in January 2014. Each had three sons (Sharon’s eldest was killed in a tragic accident) who were endlessly devoted to them.
By SUSAN HATTIS ROLEF
Within the space of 2 weeks, Israel has bidden farewell to 2 of its charismatic political figures.
By DAVID NEWMAN
The Palestinian reaction to Sharon’s death highlights the necessity of the int'l community to clam down on the messages of hatred, destruction being taught in Palestinian schoolrooms.
By JOSHUA NASS
Ariel Sharon was a major figure in Israel’s public consciousness even before his daredevil brilliance on the battlefield in the Yom Kippur War made him something of a legend.
By PAUL GROSS
Sharon had always been ruthless both as a military man and a politician
By AZRIEL BERMANT
‘Politics is like a wheel; sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. The main thing is to stay on the wheel,” Ariel Sharon used to say.
By LIAT COLLINS
Now, with talks in Israel about the possible failure of negotiations once again, there are renewed utterances about the need to once again engage in unilateralism.
By GERSHON BASKIN
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