Ariel Sharon, Israel’s “Bulldozer” Premier, Dies

Israeli prime minister Menahem Begin speaks with Ariel Sharon, then the minister of agriculture, in his office in Jerusalem, August 9, 1977
Israeli prime minister Menahem Begin speaks with Ariel Sharon, then the minister of agriculture, in his office in Jerusalem, August 9, 1977 (GPO/Saar Yaacov)

In many aspects, Ariel Sharon was an inconsistent figure, unexpected and hard to analyze. The former Israeli prime minister, who died Saturday, will be remembered as a brave soldier and a sophisticated politician, a decisive builder but an efficient destroyer, hawkish but pragmatic, a brilliant strategist and a precise tactician, a devoted farmer and a true Zionist. In each of his endeavors, Sharon won considerable amounts of criticism, from both sides of the map, but the one word that best describes him is “bulldozer,” because whatever it was that Sharon set out to obtain, he couldn’t be stopped once he was after it. Read more