By Uri Dan
In 1954 reporter Uri Dan met a tender army commander named Ariel Sharon and him heavily for greater than part a century. Dan turned Sharon's relied on consultant and a witness to the defining moments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--from mystery conferences with heads of kingdom to open conflict within the Sinai. This riveting mix of political historical past, narrative biography, interviews, and correspondence sheds new gentle at the clash within the center East and gives an intimate, definitive portrait of Ariel Sharon--a man whose existence is inextricably intertwined with Israel's future. With Hamas governing Palestine, Ariel Sharon gravely ailing and the occasion he based, the Kadima, accountable for the Knesset, this e-book could not be extra well timed.
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30 ARIEL SHARON front of Hod, Sharon was squeezing his right ﬁst in his left hand, as though to stiﬂe a gesture of despair. Hod did not know the details of the accident; he knew only that a truck had crashed into Margalit’s car on the Abou Gosh heights and that she died instantly. Gur called to his father to come and play with him, which Sharon always did when he got home early. Without a word, Ariel went up to his son. He had to tell his son, barely ﬁve years old, that he would never see his mother again.
I was never afraid of BenGurion; I respected him. ” The loss of life during reprisal operations was sometimes heavy. In particular, I remember October 22, 1956. The night before, at Raanana near Kalkilya, Arabs had killed a farmer in his ﬁeld and cut off his ears. We left from Kibbutz Eyal, near the Israeli-Jordanian cease-ﬁre line. Through binoculars, Sharon examined the target: the large police station of Kalkilya. ” Before the raid, Sharon spoke to his officers: “Do you know what keeps us commanders alert, as we approach an enemy target when we are worn out after a long march?
We succeeded in interrupting the Syrian efforts. What a situation! Dozens of machines attacking Banias Hill. It was easy to reach the machines nearest us, but the construction taking place ten kilometers from the border posed greater problems. This was where Talik’s * Jordan’s largest river. 34 ARIEL SHARON genius lay: he managed to lengthen the range of our tank cannons to 12 kilometers. That was the end of the attempt to divert the water supply. All this was going on under Syrian ﬁre? Yes. It was only a brief confrontation, but the greater battle continued.