I feel sad about his death, I had the opportunity to meet and dine with him and his wife years ago here in the OC. Sharon’ life definitely covered (bulldozed) lots of ground. A complex man, one who could build up and then tear down a community, or a people,without regret, great in the battlefield but terrible as a negotiator. Sad that in the end his life effort is tarnished by a terrible misdeed on his part.
He betrayed the people he promised to protect, and he did it without a thought about the consequences for them (not him).
Today Israel is paying in blood, sweat and tears dearly for Sharon’s decisions. Gaza alone costs the state of Israel billions of dollars in military surveillance , border patrol, IDF, etc and purchase of defensive equipment such as Iron Dome. Gaza is a full time job for tiny Israel.
As for those poor 10,000 souls, still reeling from the expulsion, still looking for a place to call home., many are jobless still, and receiving charitable assistance. Many have managed to settle in the south, living in caravillas,-a far stretch from their beachside cottages and cozy beautiful communities in Gush Katiff. I heard from dear friends who lived there and prospered that it was a veritable paradise.
But not any more, now it is a staging ground for war. My friends are often exposed to missile and rocket fire on a regular basis. They run for shelter in vacant sewage pipes, along with their family, grandchildren when code red goes off. Some of the youngest suffer post traumatic stress syndrome, and have serious learning problems. 4 generations of hard toil and love of the land, and this is what Sharon’s legacy has brought forth. RIP Deborah