Ariel Sharon

Arik, the fruit and vegetable market and the sheepskin coat

By Jenni Frazer, January 16, 2014

It was January 1980 and Ariel Sharon was Israel’s agriculture minister, making a flying visit to the UK to meet some of his adoring supporters in British Herut.

But Sharon’s keynote event was a prolonged tour around the New Covent Garden fruit and vegetables market, stopping to speak to stallholder after stallholder who were stocking Israeli produce.


A warrior who knew how to get things done

By Uri Dromi, January 16, 2014

In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I ran a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars.


In the US, he left a legacy of courage

By Rafael Medoff , January 16, 2014

Although Ariel Sharon will be remembered primarily for his achievements on the battlefield and his decisions as an Israeli political leader, an often overlooked aspect of his legacy was his impact on the American Jewish community.


Ariel Sharon 1928-2014: Israel's master of survival

By David Landau, January 16, 2014

Hopefully it will be seen as reasonable and not ghoulish to compare Ariel Sharon’s long death struggle to his long life. In both, he fought with notable strength and determination. In both, his legion, loving supporters hoped and prayed for his victory. And during both, his enemies levelled accusations of financial finagling against him and his sons.


With UK, rocky rapport had a happy ending

By Bernard Josephs, January 16, 2014

The relationship between Ariel Sharon and British Foreign Office mandarins could hardly have got off to a worse start.

Just one year into his premiership, a diplomatic storm erupted when a Whitehall official was reported in the Guardian as describing him as “the cancer at the centre of the Middle East crisis”.


Sharon towers over today's figures of stature

January 16, 2014

It was, of course, simply an accident of timing — but a decidedly poignant one. On the very day that Ariel Sharon, a man who spent his life defending Israel from its enemies, passed away came the formal announcement of the deal under which sanctions will be eased against Iran.


Terror rockets fired from Gaza as Sharon is buried

By JCReporter, January 13, 2014

Israeli military jets have hit two targets in Gaza after rockets were fired at an area close to where the funeral service for Ariel Sharon was taking place.

Israel reportedly had warned Hamas not to launch rockets during Monday afternoon’s funeral at the former prime minister's family farm in the Negev - a few miles from Israel’s border with Gaza.


Blair and Biden attend Sharon service

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

A state and military funeral, reflecting the two parts of his career, will take place today for former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday aged 85.

Mr Sharon will be buried in a military ceremony, on his farm, Sycamore Ranch, near Sderot in southern Israel.


Ariel Sharon: ‘His brain was responding’

By Nathan Jeffay, January 9, 2014

A lot has happened in Israel and the wider world since Ariel Sharon suffered his disastrous stroke eight years ago, and doctors do not rule out the possibility that he may have followed some of the developments.


Ariel Sharon: fighter, in life and near death

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

Israel is awaiting the death of its 11th prime minister, Ariel Sharon, as his medical condition has deteriorated to “critical”. Mr Sharon, 85, has been in a vegetative coma for eight years.

Since May 2006, Mr Sharon has been hospitalised at the Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv. He has been stable but has not regained consciousness.