Daily Israel Report

Eldad: Good and Bad, It Was All the Same Sharon

Former MK Aryeh Eldad said that Ariel Sharon was “complicated,” deserving credit for much, but condemnation for other things.
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/12/2014, 5:10 PM

Like thousands of others, former MK Aryeh Eldad and head of the Professors for a Strong Israel Forum paid his last respects to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whose casket was set up at the Knesset Sunday, before he is laid to rest Monday.

Eldad, a staunch opponent of Sharon's 2005 Disengagement plan, said that Sharon was a “complicated” figure who deserved credit for the good he did – and condemnation for the other things he did, especially in the context of the disengagement.

I came to express my condolences and pay my respects to Sharon, and to make an accounting of my relationship with this complicated man,” Eldad told Arutz Sheva. “He was a hero of my youth, the great hero of the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur war, the great builder of communities in Judea and Samaria.

But he was also the ruinous force behind the Disengagement,” said Eldad. “This was Sharon. He was all this and more.”

Sharon's final legacy will be decided in years to come, said Eldad, but as far as he is concerned the Disengagement will always stain the good Sharon did.

“Those who cannot remember everything, the good and the bad, are heartless,” he said. “I remember everything, I forgive nothing and cannot overlook anything. There are things that the Jewish people must remember him for, and honor him for. But we must also remember the disgusting act of the Disengagement. We will remember everything, we will not 'pick and choose' in order to rewrite history,” Eldad added.