Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Who is Ariel Sharon?
With his use of the word "Occupation" and his acceptance of the Road Map, many people are asking will the real Ariel Sharon stand up? Is Sharon still the ultimate Israeli warrior settlement builder or could he be becoming a peacemaker? The articles below attempt to shed some light on the enigma of Ariel Sharon.
- The Cock's Arrogance
By Uri Benziman, Ha'aretz, June 15, 2003
Benziman criticizes Sharon for his arrogance and his long-standing strategy of instigating violent attacks during calm periods in order to provoke responses and restart the cycle of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
- Not de Gaulle, but Yigal Allon
By Ari Shavit, Ha'aretz, May 29, 2003
Shavit argues that Sharon will not return to the '67 borders on the model of de Gaulle in Algeria nor will he stand firm against the inevitable Palestinian state as Yitzhak Shamir did.
He suggest that Sharon will divide the Land of Israel for along the lines of the Allon plan and thus allow for the creation of a Palestinian state in 2/3 of the Occupied Territories.
- The State Sharon is Talking About
By Amira Hass, Ha'aretz, May 28, 2003
Amira Hass describes how Sharon is building the security fence so as to carve up the Palestinian territories. She says that the "state" that Sharon envisions under the Road Map will be divided into three West Bank enclaves and the Gaza Strip with most of the settlements remaining in place.
- PM: 'Iraq war created an opportunity with the Palestinians we can't miss'
By Ari Shavit interviews Ariel Sharon, Ha'aretz, April 14, 2003
In a lengthy interview, Sharon answered many questions about his views on the Road Map and the Iraq war. Most surprisingly, he implied a readiness to remove settlements when he said: "Our whole history is bound up with these places. Bethlehem, Shiloh, Beit El. And I know that we will have to part with some of these places. There will be a parting from places that are connected to the whole course of our history."
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- The Profligate Son
By Doron Rosenblum, Ha'aretz, February 28, 2003
In this deeply sarcastic article, Rosenblum relates Ariel Sharon's wasteful personality to all his wasted peace-making opportunities.