Gilad Sharon, the son of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, says that his father is responding to the requests of people around him. In an interview published by the New York Times on Thursday, Gilad said, "When he is awake, he looks at me and moves fingers when I ask him to. I am sure he hears me.”
Sharon said that his father has received a daily visit from him, his wife or his brother Omri without fail since being rendered comatose by a January, 2006 stroke, half a year after his Disengagement plan uprooted nearly 10,000 Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria. The interview preceded next Tuesday's release of an Ariel Sharon biography, written by Gilad, entitled Sharon: The Life of a Leader, in Hebrew and English.