Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon’s unintended legacy: the one-state creed

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

This week marked a month since former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died, and the end of the intense 30-day mourning period observed by his family.

During these weeks after his death, it has become clear that some of the biggest beneficiaries of his latter-day policies, ironically, have been those who were the most critical of them.

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Irish TV channel retracts Ariel Sharon massacre claim

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

An Irish television channel has admitted it “was not correct” in its coverage of Ariel Sharon, after reporting that the former Israeli prime minister led the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut in 1982.

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All aboard the Sharon bus

By Christopher Walker, January 24, 2014

Before a mammoth stroke in 2006 halted Ariel Sharon’s plans to shepherd Israel into an uncertain new dawn, the clearest insight into his thinking about the future of the occupied West Bank was displayed during the bizarre day-long bus tours he hosted there for opinion-formers.

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Mrs Cohen's diary

By Mrs Cohen, January 18, 2014

* Am I surprised about François Hollande’s dalliance? Not at all. When I was in Paris last year I popped into the Elysée Palace to say hello. As luck would have it, Valerie was out and Frankie had that familiar twinkle in his eye.

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Ariel Sharon - complex, brilliant but a flawed leader

By Colin Shindler, January 16, 2014

Several decades ago, the journalist, Uzi Benziman, wrote a biography of Ariel Sharon. The Hebrew version appeared as He Doesn’t Stop at Red Lights. The English-language edition was sedately entitled Sharon: An Israeli Caesar — perhaps for a more impressionable readership.

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A life stranger than fiction

By Uri Dromi, January 16, 2014

A scriptwriter proposing the biopic of Ariel Sharon to a Hollywood producer would probably be thrown out of the studio right away. “Nobody would believe it,” the producer would say. “Rambo, Dallas, Patton, House of Cards; too much.”

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The big myth: that he caused the Second Intifada

By Tom Gross, January 16, 2014

One of several episodes for which Ariel Sharon continues to be blamed, despite much evidence to the contrary, was that he caused the Second Intifada in September 2000 by visiting the Temple Mount.

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A worldwide reaction

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has led the political tributes to Ariel Sharon following the former Israeli Prime Minister’s death at the age of 85.

Mr Cameron described Mr Sharon as “one of the most significant figures in Israeli history” and said he had taken “brave and controversial decisions in pursuit of peace”.

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Kadima: the party that briefly broke the mould of Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

Only once in the history of Israeli politics has a party other than Likud or Labour formed the government. That was Ariel Sharon’s Kadima in March 2006. But by then the party’s founder had been in a deep coma for nearly three months and even as his heirs celebrated their victory, the leader’s absence already signalled their ultimate downfall.

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Analysis: A gargantuan figure — but his role in Sabra and Shatila diminished him

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2014

The massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut in September 1982 remain the darkest stain on Ariel Sharon’s reputation.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of Palestinians were murdered by Lebanese Christian Phalangists while the Israeli army stood by.

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