The late Ariel Sharon sitting beside the very much alive Shimon Peres in the Knesset, Jan. 26, 2005.
Even though they appear so different in the details of their biographies: one a military man who turned to politics at the very end of his career, the other a politicians’ politician – in terms of their effect on the Zionist endeavor I view their contribution as identical.
Both have done so much to establish a thriving Jewish state in Eretz Israel, and both have invested themselves so deeply in an effort to squash it.
Both, in my view, also shared a tremendous capacity for cruelty.Yori Yanover
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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