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As a wave of suicide bombings rocked Israel, Sharon unleashed the Israeli military, sending tanks and troops into Palestinian towns, ordering assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders.
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I am under heavy pressure to act differently. Palestinians of course, had a different view. Sharon ordered the construction of the barrier through the West Bank and confined Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to his compound in Ramallah -- accusing him of encouraging attacks on Israel. In , he told CNN, "no doubt Arafat is a terrorist.
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But Horovitz said Sharon's decision was made out of fear of what might have happened. As the violence continued, Israelis overwhelmingly re-elected him for a second term in January Not long after Sharon made an historic announcement: Israel would give up Jewish settlements in Gaza and part of the West Bank. Sharon sent in the police and army to drag settlers from their homes, a move that earned him plaudits overseas, but derision and death threats from the settlers who once saw him as their champion.
A small group of political rebels stirred up trouble within Likud, and by the end of , Sharon had had enough. He bolted from his party, and established a new centrist group, called Kadima, Hebrew for "forward. Early opinion polls showed Sharon on track for a third term in office, but the man who many had thought was unstoppable, unexpectedly suffered a mild stroke in December 18, Characteristically, he tried to brush over his illness. Two weeks later, he was back in the same intensive care unit at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, after suffering a second stroke -- but this time it was more serious.
He underwent three emergency operations in 24 hours when doctors later tried to wake him from the medically induced coma. There were some signs of life -- slight movement of his hands and legs -- but little else.
He has remained in a coma ever since. Questions were asked: did the prime minister receive the best medical treatment, why did he rush back to work after the first stroke?
Eventually though, well-wishers and news crews left the hospital, the business of government resumed, and Israelis accepted that Sharon was not coming back. HuffPost is now part of the Verizon Media family. We Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device, set cookies, and use your data, including your location, to understand your interests, provide relevant ads and measure their effectiveness. Verizon Media will also provide relevant ads to you on our partners' products.
Learn More. To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you. There may not be second acts in American politics. It also demonstrated the desire for strong, experienced, and tough leadership from a man much of the public believed might break the back of Palestinian terrorism. In addition to being a warrior, Sharon was also a farmer, with a deep knowledge of and connection to the land — both its agricultural and biblical dimensions.
He was proud of this fact and loved to talk about animals. Indeed, Sharon seemed more interested in the herd of prize Angus cows that the University of Maryland maintained at the Wye River plantation than in the negotiations themselves.
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Also, on more than one occasion at his farm at Shikmim in southern Israel, Sharon insisted on talking flowers and livestock before business. In , on the helicopter tour he gave Gen.
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Sharon was certainly that. As prime minister, Sharon matured. However imperfect the disengagement turned out to be, it was an act of boldness and brilliance that no other Israeli politician of his day could have implemented. Just as Sharon learned two things as prime minister, upon his passing, I now have two takeaways on his legacy.
First, with Sharon gone, Israel faces a significant leadership transition. Only the extraordinary and indefatigable Shimon Peres — now 90 — remains from the cast of Israeli characters who shepherded the state through its early years. Despite their political differences, there was a real affection and a shared sense of history between them.
Indeed, they had both seen just about everything. At one point, Peres actually said that there were few surprises left for the two of them. The Israeli prime ministers who have followed that generation — Barak, Ehud Olmert, and Benjamin Netanyahu — are incredibly smart, able leaders.
gatsbycapital.co.uk/el-beso-del-final.php Who now will make the difficult but important decisions? Sharon presided over the evacuation of 8, Israeli settlers from Gaza — deeply traumatic but without serious or sustained violence. Who will deal with the evacuation of tens of thousands of ideologically motivated and well-armed Israelis living on the West Bank?
Second, Sharon was not a peacemaker.