The Jewish Week mentions some sentiment on former PM Sharon as the larger-than-life Israeli general, statesman and prime minister, who began his long, slow fade from the public conscience eight years ago, who will be remembered as a man who made history, both in war and in politics. Praised or reviled, says Jewish Week he was a commanding presence, a leader who usually got his way.
On the eve of the massive stroke that left him in a coma, notes Jewish Week, he was a powerful prime minister expected to soon win re-election. Once revered by the settler movement for his unstinting support, he was reviled when he withdrew Israel’s troops and thousands of citizens from Gaza in 2005, believing that was the price to pay for maintaining Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state. The Jewish Week recalls how the Likud party that he had led turned against him for the Gaza withdrawal, so he formed a new party, Kadima, determined to continue on his path. That’s what Sharon was like – bulldozer, visionary or both, says Jewish Week.