Time seems to fade on the fringesâŚ.. many historic events remitted to the dust bin of history. Â It is to our peril that we allow this to happen. Â Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died on 11 January 2014.
His foe was anti-Semitism, an ethnic group hatred, a prejudice, a religious based odium or discrimination against the Jews. Â This is also racism! Â Yet one will find outliers who profess that Jews are not a race, thus the conundrum of an ethnoreligious definition, an ethnic group of people whose members are also unified by a common religious background. Â Too many are still struggling to justify this abhorrent racism. Â David, the true King of Israel, slew Goliath, a giant Philistine, the stuff of legend.
He is now gone, no sadness to the Semitic opposition, Biblical accounts of the origins of the cultures known to the ancient Hebrews but an unreplaceable corner stone to Jewish survival. Â Israel is the last hope of Jewish anti-assimilation, a Charles Krauthammer analysis in âThings That Matterâ.
In February of 1948 at the early age of 19 Ariel Sharon was a Haganah fighter. Â Haganah, âThe Defenseâ, was a Jewish paramilitary organization under the umbrella of the geopolitical entity created in Palestine under British administration during the years 1920 to 1948. Â This organization became the core of the Israeli Defense Forces, the military forces of the State of Israel. Â He may well go on to be recognized as the greatest commander and strategist in Israelâs history.
He was a commander in the Israeli Army from its creation in 1948, participated prominently in the 1948 War of Independence, a platoon commander in the Israel Defense Forces Brigade that fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the âAlexandroni Brigadeâ.
Sharon was an instrumental figure in the creation of Israeli special defense force (IDF) Unit 101. Unit 101was an (IDF) unit assembled 8/1953 to deal with the Arab fadayeen.
Sharon lead retribution operations, in 1950s and 1960s, which were reprisal attacks against fadayeen terror attacks used to restore public morale and battle-harden new recruits.
The Suez Crisis was a military and diplomatic event in 1956 between Egypt on one side, and Britain, France, and Israel on the other. Â The UN got Britain, France and Israel to withdraw. Â The conclusion of the Baghdad Pact, the Northern Tier Alliance, occurred almost simultaneously with a dramatic Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip on 28 February 1955 in retaliation for fedayeen raids into Israel, during which the Israeli Unit 101 commanded by Ariel Sharon gave the Egyptian Army a bloody nose.
During The 1967 Six-Day War the mid front Abu-Ageila Israeli division was the location where the Israeli 38th Armored Division, under General Ariel Sharon, assaulted Um-Katef, heavily fortified, and defended by the Egyptian 2nd Infantry Division.
The War of Attrition was the Israeli-Arab conflict following the Six-Day war. Â It was between Egypt and Israel and lasted from 1967 to 1970. Â Sharon, as chief of the southern command handled the Suez Canal area during this conflict. Â He led the effort to crush the Palestinian Organization in the 1971 Gaza Strip struggle.
And during the Yom-Kippur War of 1973 Sharon ignored his superiors, isolated the Egyptian Third Army by crossing the Suez Canal. Â These are the things legends are made of; this event catapulted Sharon, in the eyes of his soldier, to âArik, King of Israel.â
As Minister of defense he directed the 1982 Lebanon War, the invasion of Lebanon-Operation âPeace in Galileeâ. Â The Israeli Supreme Court chief justice held Sharon responsible for the Palestinians in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila, murdered by the Lebanese Christian militia.
During the period 1970 to the 1990s Sharon championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Sharon resigned as Minister of Defense, some attributed this to the âPeace in Galileeâ Sabra and Shatila incident. Â He entered the Likud party politics, becoming their leader in 2000. Â On February 6, 2001: Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel, with 62.5 percent of the votes.
Then an-about face, in 2004-2005, Sharon orchestrated Israeliâs unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Â He was expected to win the next election with a plan âinterpretedâ as a unilateral withdrawal from most of the West Bank.
On January 4, 2006: Â Sharon suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage that left him in a vegetative state until his death eight years later 01/11/2014
Sharon was a great man, fallible but supremely gifted as a warrior and a politician, always able to pivot back to truth, duty and country. Â If he were an American he might have been George Washington, George Smith Patton, Jr.or Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, a Patriot, a miracle in todayâs world.
Most great leaders are honored in death, whether ideologies or religions are compatible, acceptable or rejected, as long as their basic premise was a patriotic argument for the greater goodâŚunquestionably in this case, and even now, for the survival of Jews.
The parallels; between Israel and Africa, between Apartheid and anti- Zionism are striking. Â A select club, in the cauldron of racism, Aryan Nazism and anti-deism, Abraham Lincoln, Golda Meir, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher come to mind.
The common thread in our existence is âfreedomâ. Â Self-determination is under severe attack, the commanders of any wavering Republic are apathetic and uneducated, hunting desperately for leaders, until the point of no return (the crematorium lines), first must be found only from within. Â âThese are the times that try menâs souls. Â The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink, from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and the thanks of man and woman. Â Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Â What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: Â it is dearness only that gives everything its value.â
âOn January 11, 2014, after spending eight years in a coma, Sharon died at the age of 85. Â With his brash and sometimes ruthless military and political maneuvers, Sharon inspired intense reactions from his fellow countrymen and the world at large. Â His legacy is likely to be viewed in opposing termsâa military tyrant and a tireless defender of Israel.â Â For some, with a mission and goal of victory, these traits are not opposite or mutually exclusive.
âHeaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as âFreedomâ should not be highly rated.â Â Freedom is antithetical to any genocidal Holocaust.
Should we be judged by our accomplishments, humanity is occasionally blessed with inimitable patriots. Â Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, his death received a vast number of international responses. Â His state funeral was held on 13 January 2014 in accordance with Jewish burial customs.