Speaking on Arutz-7's "Preparing for Redemption" internet Hebrew radio program, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzfat said, "Whoever saw the destruction in Gush Katif and northern Shomron, can't pray for Sharon's recovery. On the other hand, I am not happy about his condition, and we must remember that he has many merits."

Rabbi Yosef Al-Nekaveh, who was expelled from his home in N'vei Dekalim five months ago in the framework of Sharon's disengagement plan, disagrees. He angered some of his former and current neighbors in publicly calling for prayers on behalf of Sharon. "Sharon fought for the Land, and did much for the State," Rabbi Al-Nekaveh told Israel Radio, "and despite our disagreement on the disengagement plan, we should pray for him."

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef of Shas rushed to call for prayers for Sharon last night. Shas leader MK Eli Yeshai said yesterday afternoon, before the beginning of the current medical emergency, that news of new evidence against Sharon in what is known as the Schlaff-Kern bribery affair should not have been released this week. "Publicizing that news right before his scheduled catheterization [originally set for this morning -ed.] was like puncturing the tires of his ambulance," Yeshai said.

One man who was ripped away from his Gush Katif home this past summer said, "I would like to see how you would act upon hearing that the man who destroyed your home and threw your family - and 1,700 others - into the street had become very ill."