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Warrior, Farmer, Leader. By Aaron David Miller. Foreign Policy, January 11, 2014. Also here.
Ariel Sharon: Israel’s Soldier and Strongman, 1928-2014. By Karl Vick and Lisa Beyer. Time, January 11, 2014.
Ariel Sharon: A Hard Charger Who Was Loved and Hated. By Josef Federman. AP. Real Clear World, January 11, 2014.
Remembering Ariel Sharon – a great man who defied stereotypes. By Judith Miller. FoxNews.com, January 11, 2014.
Ariel Sharon: Larger Than Life. By Caroline Glick. Townhall.com, January 12, 2014. Also at National Review Online, CarolineGlick.com.
Sharon: Myths, Facts, and Blood Libels. By Tom Gross. National Review Online, January 11, 2014.
Ariel Sharon: 1928-2014. By Benny Morris. Tablet, January 11, 2014.
Ariel Sharon’s Legacy of Separation. By Geoffrey Levin. The Atlantic, January 11, 2014.
Left for dead in 1948: The battle that shaped Arik Sharon. By Mitch Ginsburg. The Times of Israel, January 12, 2014.
Sharon, a warrior who sought peace. By Michael Oren. CNN, January 11, 2014.
Sharon realized the limits of military power. By Gideon Levy. Haaretz, January 11, 2014.
Sharon’s contradictory life and legacy: The good, the bad and the very, very ugly. By Chemi Shalev. Haaretz, January 11, 2014.
Sharon’s lasting legacy: Proving that rabbis and settlers can be defied. By Anshel Pfeffer. Haaretz, January 10, 2013.
Ariel Sharon, the Ruthless Warrior Who Could Have Made Peace. By Ronen Bergman. New York Times, January 11, 2014.
Ariel Sharon: Champion of controversy. By Amir Oren. Haaretz, January 12, 2014.
“Sharon was no warmonger, he just put Israel first.” Ron Ben-Yishai interviewed by Atilla Somfalvi. Ynet News, January 12, 2014.
Sharon: The man who executed the Zionist vision. By Nahum Barnea. Ynet News, January 12, 2014.
The life of Ariel Sharon and the life of the State of Israel are intertwined. He was everything the State’s forefathers dreamed of seeing in the generation of the sons, the born Israelis: Handsome, strong, a farmer working his land, a soldier for life. The forefathers provided the vision; the sons – the execution. And there wasn’t a more determined, talented, scheming person of execution than Ariel Sharon.
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Let’s Remember the Dark Side of Ariel Sharon’s Legacy—and Bury “Sharonism” With Him. By Gershom Gorenberg. Tablet, January 13, 2014.
Arik the Recalcitrant and Brutal. By Emily L. Hauser. Haaretz, January 13, 2014.
How will Sharon be remembered? By Sima Kadmon. Ynet News, January 13, 2014.
What if Sharon Still Lived. By David Landau. New York Times, January 13, 2014.
Burying Unilateralsm Along With its Patron. By Tom Wilson. Commentary, January 13, 2014.
Why I can’t mourn for Ariel Sharon. By Amit Schejter. Haaretz, January 14, 2014.
“How fast can you run?” A soldier remembers Sharon. By Barbara Opall-Rome. The Times of Israel, January 14, 2014.
Sharon realized occupation was the greatest threat to Israel, says just-released biography. By Judy Maltz. Haaretz, January 14, 2014.
Sharon didn’t embrace peace, he defeated it. By Daniel Levy. Al Jazeera America, January 14, 2014.
Top Ten Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East. By Juan Cole. Informed Comment, January 14, 2014. Also at History News Network.
Call Off the Sainthood of Ariel Sharon. By Rashid Khalidi. Foreign Policy, January 13, 2014. Also here.
Sharon: The Man Who Made Peace Impossible. By Ali Jarbawi. New York Times, January 21, 2014.
Ariel Sharon and the Great Leader Peace Myth. By Jonathan S. Tobin. NJBR, January 3, 2014. With related article by Jacob Heibrunn.
Sharon was emblematic of the Israeli refusal to accept that Palestinian resistance was an inevitable response to the forcible establishment of a Jewish state and the concomitant expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. In later years, he became one of the most sophisticated employers of the trope of “terrorism” to demean this resistance.
Reflections on the flawed-but-unmatched legacy of Israel’s Ariel Sharon.
Love him or hate him, Ariel Sharon was a stunningly consequential, larger than life, and historic figure the likes of whom we will not see again. For those Palestinians, Arabs, and even Israelis who will never forget or forgive his transgressions, that’s just as well. Still, Sharon’s passing highlights the troubling reality of a region without leaders. This isn’t so much reflected in the comparison of what Sharon accomplished to what little has been achieved by current politicians in the Middle East; Sharon was far too controversial for greatness. Rather, it is reflected in the thought of what leaders of Sharon’s stature, authority, and power might be able to do for the Middle East today if they had the necessary skill, strategy, and partnerships.
Vick and Beyer:
Ariel Sharon died Saturday after having spent the last eight of his 85 years on life support. Incapacitated by a coma that followed a massive stroke, Sharon’s last hours were spent with members of his family at his bedside. Outside, an Israeli nation watched with one eye on the news and another on the past, re-assessing the qualities of a leader whose lifetime spanned the life of the nation.
Moshe Dayan on Why David Ben-Gurion saw Sharon as the New Jew. Dayan quoted in David Landau, Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014, pp. 32-33.
In his memoirs, Dayan wrote of Ben-Gurion’s “special affection” for three IDF officers: Haim Laskov, Assaf Simchoni, and Sharon. The founding father saw in all three of them “the antithesis of the galuti, or diasporic Jew. The New Jew was a fighter, bold, self-confident, expert in the art of war, in weaponry, in field craft, in the region, and in the Arabs. Ben-Gurion could not bear casuistry and beating around the bush. He didn’t like the Talmud; his heart rebelled against two thousand years of exile. He yearned for the Israelites of the Bible, living on their land, farming and fighting, independent and proud and building their national culture. Haim, Assaf, and Arik were like those ancient Israelites in his eyes.” Ben-Gurion’s biographer Michael Bar-Zohar writes that the Old Man told him he admired two soldiers above all for their bravery and resourcefulness: Dayan and Sharon.
A major goal of Zionism was to reverse centuries of Jewish passivity and powerlessness by creating a “New Jew”: a bold assertive Jewish farmer and warrior, in effect a Hebrew-speaking Jewish Jacksonian. Max Nordau had called for such a “muscle Jew” in 1898: “We must do away with the demeaning image of the stooping Jew in the ghetto, afraid for his life . . . Let us become strong men, with full chests and a deep, lucid expression in our eyes.” Nordau’s description is similar to Walt Whitman’s description of Jacksonian manhood in “A Song of Joys.”