Ariel Sharon 26.2.28 – 11.1.14

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Shraon, has died after eight years in a coma.

Ariel Sharon was known as The Bulldozer: a larger-than-life, blustering figure who came to dominate the domestic political scene as much by his sheer physical presence as by his rhetoric.

To many Israelis, Sharon was a heroic warrior, having led decisive campaigns in the 1967 and 1973 wars.

But to many Palestinians he was The Butcher, who laid siege to Beirut and was responsible for the deaths of at least 800 civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982.

“No-one can lecture me about the need for peace,” he once said. “I am the one who was in those battles. Therefore I am the person who can prevent war.” And it is true that Sharon had fought in all of Israel’s five wars. . . .

The Telegraph has reactions from world leaders.



3 Responses to Ariel Sharon 26.2.28 – 11.1.14

  1. Gravedodger says:

    A tragedy for Israel and the Palestinians that he was cut down by a stroke.
    He was one Israeli who, with his creds from seriously involved military service transferred to politics, could cut across the religious, socialist, and other forces in the Knesset to achieve real progress.

    RIP Ariel Sharon.


  2. Richard says:

    GD: In my view he was a killer and not a great Soldier/General/Politician
    I will let you search the obits in the UK press to see what I mean Start with the Telegraph who to likely to be generous- and then the Guardian. The media since his stroke 8 years ago have forgotten the atrocities he was responsible for


  3. scrubone says:

    If he’s a killer then Nelson Mandela a terrorist.

    Both men found more positive ways to move forward later in life.


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