Ariel Sharon, the fearless soldier, the genius Army General and the controversial politician died on 11 January 2014 at the age of 86 after been in a coma for 8 years. He suffered a massive stroke just months after the traumatic Gaza disengagement.
After the Six Day War in 1967, Sharon went straight to the Kotel and shouted the Shema. He became a hero in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, leading the offensive against the Egyptian Army. He became Prime Minister in 2001.
Ariel Sharon, as any human being, made some mistakes, but nobody should doubt his love for Israel and the Jewish people. Here are some of Sharon’s quotes:
“For me, peace should provide security for the Jewish people”.
“I am the last person who would divide Jerusalem. I have said this many times. I don’t plan to discuss any division of Jerusalem”.
In an article published in the New York Times, Sharon is described “as one of the most influential figures in Israel’s history”. He was also the most controversial figure.
As an architect of Israeli settlements, he stunned many people with his decision to withdraw the IDF and all Israeli citizens from Gaza and parts of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) in 2005. The gut-wrenching images on TV of women and children crying and some brave men resisting and dragged by soldiers, is now part of Ariel Sharon’s legacy.
Although Sharon may have thought it was the correct decision at the time, from a Biblical perspective we know it is against God’s will to divide the Land. The supreme wisdom of God is vividly displayed in this episode. Instead of peace, Israel was confronted with more terrorism and more advanced rockets fired on its citizens.
May we all pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and for Godly wisdom for Israel’s leaders.