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Capacity for Cruelty

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Capacity for Cruelty

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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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  1. What an utterly weird remark: capacity for cruelty, for a military man who by nature of his trade has to spill as much as possible of his enemies blood.

  2. Mayer Fertig says:

    What a bizarre thing to write.

  3. Dina Moskowitz says:

    What Yori means is a capacity of cruelty TOWARDS HIS FELLOW JEWS. Yori, please correct me if I'm wrong.

  4. Capacity for cruelty?? To whom?? Those who would destroy Israel? Yes, most accurate. For that the author villifies both men. Perhaps the auther has forgotten the 2000 years of hatred and destruction heaped upon the Jew. Perhaps the author negates the truth of anti-JEWISH verbiage uttered by those who demand the destruction of both Israel and the JEW. which permeates the world to this very day.

  5. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    what a horrible comment made at Ariel Sharon ! especially as YIsrael mourns a great man and leader (Yaov) shalom

  6. Douglas Kent says:

    On target.Excellent article!

  7. Mr. Yanover enjoys controversy and is not overly imbued with good taste and kindness. If such a comment just had to be made couldn't it have waited for awhile?

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