Israel

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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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.

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Take a lawyer's advice - visit the occupied territories

By David Middleburgh, January 16, 2014

I have just returned from a three-day tour of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, organised by the pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation, Yachad. The participants were all passionate Zionists and, were it not for some grey hairs and wrinkles, we could have been a youth group. In fact, we were all senior lawyers or individuals with a particular interest in the rule of law.

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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.

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Making a worldwide drama out of Israel TV

By Jenni Frazer, January 16, 2014

It is just over 20 years since, armed with a degree in film and television studies from Tel Aviv University, a fresh-faced Alon Aranya landed in California, determined to make his mark. Many other young Israelis followed the same path, but for Aranya it really paid off.

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Iron Dome intercepts rockets fired at Ashkelon

By Rosa Doherty, January 16, 2014

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down five rockets fired at Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip.

The round of rocket fire was launched at Ashkelon, home to 125,000 residents, last night just before 2am.

Warning sirens were triggered but no injuries or damage was reported.

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Could Sharon now live on in Bibi?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The Israelis who eulogised Ariel Sharon at his memorial and funeral on Monday either ignored or referred only in passing to his final political acts — the disengagement from Gaza and his departure from Likud to set up his new centrist party, Kadima.

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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.

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Birmingham's friendly gesture

By Cathy Forman, January 13, 2014

West Midlands Friends of Israel has been set up in Birmingham to fill the void left by last year’s closure of the city’s Israel Information Centre.

It will be funded by subscriptions and donations and has signed up 30 supporters — Jews and non-Jews — in its first week.

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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.

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