January 17th, 2014
Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon, 11th prime minister of Israel, was perhaps the greatest general of the modern Israeli army. Born in Israel on February 6, 1928; he like many of the founders was a farmer at heart. He loved his land and his people.

He fought in the war of Independence (1948) and was wounded at the bloody Latrun battle. In the 1950’s he became the commander of the famous 101 unit fighting Fedayeen infiltrators and terrorists. In the Yom Kippur War (1973), he is credited by many as having saved the nation from annihilation by his bold move of crossing the Suez Canal and attacking Egypt in reprisal. As Defense Minister, he led the war in Lebanon in 1982 and was blamed internationally for having allowed southern Lebanese Christian forces to slaughter Muslims in the towns of Sabra and Shatilla.

Sharon pushed through the building of the settlements in the Judea-Samaria-Gaza territories; and became known as the “father” of the settlements. In 2004, as Prime Minister, he came to the conclusion that the Palestinians would never make peace, and that the small settlements in Gaza Strip surrounded by a million fanatic Muslims would be impossible to defend in battle. Therefore he made the tactical decision to unilaterally remove the 8,500 Jewish settlers living there. The vote, though highly controversial, passed quickly in the Knesset, and the action was enforced within a mere few months.

After suffering a stroke in 2006, he lay in a coma at Sheba hospital for 8 years and passed away this past Shabbat. He was buried next to his wife Lily at his farmstead near Sederot.

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