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Dov Weisglass Knows What Caused Sharon’s Stroke


Israeli attorney Dov Weissglass

Israeli attorney Dov Weissglass
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It’s been more than six years that attorney Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s chief of staff and one of his closest confidants, is convinced that what caused Sharon’s collapse, in addition to the blood thinning drugs he was taking at the time, was a broadcast on Channel 10 Television the night before, about corruption investigations against the prime minister.

In an exclusive interview with Yedioth Aharaobot’s weekend magazine, Weisglass relates, “According to a senior doctor with whom I spoke after Sharon had lost consciousness, it was a deadly combination of blood thinners and a sudden, sharp increase in blood pressure. The doctor asked me if I knew of anything unusual that happened close to the time of Sharon’s stroke that might have caused such a sudden increase in his blood pressure. He asked me if Sharon had been upset about something.”

Weisglass concludes: “The more I contemplate these issues, there is just one thing that I can think of, and that is the broadcast on Channel 10.”

According to Weisglass, it was an opening report on the news broadcast, talking about Martin Schlaff and the Cyril Kern affair.

The Cyril Kern affair involved allegations that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon received millions of dollars of bribes from Kern, a South African businessman, and from the Austrian businessman Martin Schlaff, through Sharon’s sons.

“The report said that in a message given by the Israeli police to the District Court, the police confirmed that they are conducting an investigation of Prime Minister Sharon who is suspected of taking a bribe from Martin Schlaff. Sharon was very upset after he heard this, mainly because it was the first time this was stated explicitly.”

Explaining how he would know these details about the news broadcast, Weisglass recalls that Sharon called him up immediately after the show.

“I felt the tension and anger in his voice,” Weisglass describes. “Sharon would become hoarse immediately when he was nervous, and during this conversation, he was extremely hoarse. He asked me ‘What is this?’ I told him that I would check it out and started making phone calls. I got back to him and told him that it was an old story from a few months ago. Apparently, another businessman, James Schlaff, Martin Schlaff’s brother, came to Israel and was at his parents’ home in Jerusalem. Police arrived and confiscated his cell phone and laptop. The attorney for James Schlaff made a completely normal appeal in court, to return these items. Either the police or the state’s attorney opposing the appeal said that these items were required in relation to a bribery inquiry. This is what leaked to Channel 10.”

Finally, Weisglass recalls, “I told him, ‘Arik, it’s nothing, forget about it. There are no new developments here.’ But I saw that he didn’t calm down.”

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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8 Responses to “Dov Weisglass Knows What Caused Sharon’s Stroke”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Hmmm, are we talking about straws here the broke the camel’s back or should we consider the facts that Sharon was involved with the illusion of peace now by the disengagement of Jews from Sinai and Gaza which in all due respect would result in his being disengaged from the reality of leading a disillusioned life?

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    God works in mysterious ways.

  3. Michael Dar says:

    Should we care about what really provoked his ordeal..I do not care the least! Sharon was a bull….and committed an ugly, unlawful political "coup d'etat" was responsible for the deportation of 10 thousands Jews from their homes, the destruction of florishing community, handed over parts of our Jewish homeland to a terrorist Islamic entity which brought one million of our citizense under daily terror attacks, which brought Cast Lead etc.. If he was a "regular" citizen he would have been disconnected from his artificial life support a long time ago..

  4. hmm pathetic. maybe if we knew who was the last person in the room with sharon we might have the real reason. besides hashem turning him into a vegtable after he destroyed the gush katif vegtables. give me a break. this is beyond patheti.

  5. More likely it was the corruption investigation int he heavenly court.

  6. Leah Amdur says:

    We won't mention all the pain and suffering he caused to the Gush Katif settlers.

  7. and as for dov here, wow talk about lets see his involvement in the casino in jericho, his interest in the casino that was supposed to be in gush katif, minus jews. hardly a saint to be passing an opinion when his hands are full of dirty deeds. yes we know dov we know.

  8. Jerry Blaz says:

    The use of blood thinners is commonly used to prevent strokes, and it being inferred to as a part of the etiology of the "cerebral accident" that occurred, is counter-indicated. Blood thinners are used when a patient has some cardiac infirmities like ventral fibrillation, whose main danger is as a cause of strokes when blood pooling in the ventral chamber because of the ventral fibrillation and creating a clot. Another instance to use blood thinner would be if there had been a heart valve replacement with an artificial valve, again to prevent clotting. A very high blood pressure can cause a stroke by the very force of the blood pressure. So I feel that Dov Weissglass was talking out of his field of expertise. Because blood thinners can cause otherwise inconsequential wounds to bleed relatively excessively, it is possible that the patient may hold back on the recommended dosage, and then the propensities for a stroke are increased.

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