Ariel Sharon

Sharon’s Life And Family Roots Celebrated In Belarus

Ariel Sharon’s grandfather moved to Palestine in 1910 from the town of Brest Litovsk in White Russia. But after two years in Rehovot, enduring hardships, he returned to his native town. Then, in 1922, his son (Ariel Sharon’s father), also made aliyah, to escape persecution. A student of agronomy, he and his wife settled on a moshav northeast of Tel Aviv, where their son was born six years later.  Ariel Sharon would often speak of his childhood on the moshav, Kfar Malal, where his love of the rural life took root. 

Gilad Sharon at the opening of the exhibition. Yossi Aloni

Tim Boxer At Ariel Sharon Memorial

03/06/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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“My father died three times,” said Gilad Sharon. He recited the Kaddish as 350 invited guests stood solemnly at an evening of remembrance for Ariel Sharon, Israel’s 11th prime minister, on Feb. 26 at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Marion and Elie Wiesel, seated, with Ira and Ingeborg Rennert, standing. Tim Boxer

Sharon, Up Close And Personal

The former U.S. ambassador to Israel remembers the many sides of the man who epitomized his country.

01/21/2014
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Ariel Sharon is now buried in the land he loved, next to his beloved wife Lily, on a hilltop overlooking the verdant fields of Havat Ha-shikmim, the ranch he retreated to as often as possible each week for the peace and quiet that eluded him in public life.  Having served as the American ambassador to Israel during almost all of Sharon’s tenure as prime minister, I had the privilege of being named to the U.S. delegation to his funeral, headed by Vice President Biden. It was a day for remembrance and, to some degree, closure for the millions of Israelis who mourned Sharon’s passing.

Daniel C Kurtzer

Ariel Sharon, A Close Friend I Never Met

01/16/2014
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I never met Ariel Sharon personally, but I feel like I have lost a close
friend.

In August 2004, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon had stated his intention to
evacuate the Gaza Strip. The decision elicited strong reactions from across
the Israeli and American Jewish political spectrums.

Ariel Sharon: A Personal Remembrance

01/16/2014
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Ariel Sharon is now buried in the land he loved, next to his beloved wife Lily, on a hilltop overlooking the verdant fields of Havat Ha-shikmim, the ranch he retreated to as often as possible each week for the peace and quiet that eluded him in public life.  Having served as the American ambassador to Israel during almost all of Sharon’s tenure as prime minister, I had the privilege of being named to the U.S. delegation to his funeral, headed by Vice President Biden.  It was a day for remembrance and, to some degree, closure for the millions of Israelis who mourned Sharon’s passing.

Studio JW with Simon Deng

The Jewish Week's Heather Robinson interviews Simon Deng, escaped slave, human rights activist, and Christian Zionist, about his work on behalf of Southern Sudan and Israel, the history of alliance between his people and Israel, and his thoughts on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and Ariel Sharon.

CNN Hires Former Israeli Ambassador Oren As Commentator

01/14/2014
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Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren confirmed that he is joining CNN as an on-air analyst and contributor.

The American-born Oren, a noted historian, served as Israel’s top envoy to the U.S. from 2009-2013. He has already appeared on CNN several times, and penned an obituary for Ariel Sharon for the network.

Oren: Wrote biography of Sharon

Master Of The Turnaround

In his just-published biography of Ariel Sharon, David Landau chronicles the transformation of a hawk.

01/14/2014
Culture Editor
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When Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel in 2001, David Landau was almost in mourning. He and his left-leaning friends thought of Sharon as a disaster, a warmonger. But Landau changed his mind, as he witnessed Sharon’s own transformation as a leader, ultimately breaking with his past and directing Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

New biography of the late Ariel Sharon by veteran Israel journalist David Landau, paints a  picture of the politician-warrior.

Israel His 'North Star'

Sharon remembered at funeral as friend, leader and general.

01/13/2014
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his public funeral was remembered as a man of courage and strength on the battlefield and in the political arena.

“Sharon was a complex man who lived in complex times in a complex neighborhood,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during the memorial ceremony Monday at the Knesset plaza in Jerusalem.

Mourner pays final respects at the grave of Ariel Sharon in Havat Hashikmim on Jan. 13. Getty Images

Ariel Sharon, Warrior Statesman

01/11/2014
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Morton Klein, the longtime president of the Zionist Organization of America, tells of a banquet sponsored by a major Jewish organization that he attended several years ago. In a room filled with crowded tables of Jewish dignitaries from this country and Israel, he spotted a lone figure.

Sharon chatting with former Prime Minister David Ben Gurion during a tour of Israeli army installations in 1971. Photo via JTA
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