maybe every Israeli has to be force to attend the funeral and cry .As I heard, they peel a lot of onions today
Comment by Ben Yosef Shomer — January 13, 2014 @ 9:41 AM
It is hard to think of a leader who tainted his legacy so utterly so close to the end of his life than Sharon. Without the expulsions, he would be remembered very differently. Israel should remember Prime Minister Shamir above all others as someone who quietly defended and settled the land of Israel.
Comment by Douglas Kent — January 14, 2014 @ 2:33 AM
Was death a punishment for Sharon?
Since we were told that his brain registered activity, perhaps the greater punishment was 8 years of being locked in his mind, and having no way to communicate with the rest of the world. even to grunt.
Seems to me that Death would be a relief from the solitary confinement of a coma where he could hear what was going on around him, but was unable to communicate.
I have the feeling that Sharon regretted his decision about the Gaza strip that he was just showing the world that he wanted peace with the palestianians but when they were so ungrateful and burned down the synagogues he knew he made a mistake and fell ill. May He rest in peace.
We should look at the fact that as leaders there are times that when an opportunity to make decisions for the good of the majority involves the sacrifice of the few, although in the case of Ariel Sharon he thought he will achieved that goal of peace for the whole of Israel but failed to realized that he bargains with people who does not even keep a promise like the Palestinians. All great leaders of Israel had their big and bad achievements, let me site, Joshua failed to consult God concerning the Gibeonites, what about Gedion, Samson, David and Solomon? But they are heroes in Israel, so is Ariel Sharon! I salute him, shalom!