Ariel Sharon

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.

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    The price is going up

    By GADI ZOHARI

  • Netanyahu with Australian FM Bob Carr

    Candidly speaking: Jewish leaders Down Under are not being intimidated

    By ISI LEIBLER

  • Sharon surveys territory

    Letter from an immigrant

    By HILLEL S CHEINFELD

  • Ariel Sharon

    Think about it: Arik and Shula

    By SUSAN HATTIS ROLEF

  • Shulamit Aloni

    Borderline Views: Sharon and Aloni - an odd couple

    By DAVID NEWMAN

  • Gaza Sharon

    Lessons from the Palestinian response to Ariel Sharon’s death

    By JOSHUA NASS

  • Ariel Sharon.

    The unilateral option

    By PAUL GROSS

  • Ariel Sharon.

    Ariel Sharon: A legacy of ruthless, determined and decisive leadership

    By AZRIEL BERMANT

  • sharon at kotel

    My Word: Farmer, fighter, politician, pragmatist

    By LIAT COLLINS

  • Ariel Sharon meets with his advisers at his Jerusalem residence, December 21, 2005.

    Encountering Peace: Sharon’s biggest error

    By GERSHON BASKIN

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