By Uri Dan
In 1954 reporter Uri Dan met a tender army commander named Ariel Sharon and him heavily for greater than part a century. Dan turned Sharon's relied on consultant and a witness to the defining moments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--from mystery conferences with heads of nation to open struggle within the Sinai. This riveting blend of political background, narrative biography, interviews, and correspondence sheds new gentle at the clash within the center East and gives an intimate, definitive portrait of Ariel Sharon--a man whose lifestyles is inextricably intertwined with Israel's future. With Hamas governing Palestine, Ariel Sharon gravely ailing and the social gathering he based, the Kadima, accountable for the Knesset, this ebook could not be extra well timed.
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Extra info for Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait
The following day at dawn, Sharon inspected the positions that we had dug out on the hills. ” His conﬁdence was contagious, and everyone believed that a march on Cairo might actually happen. Alas, on Wednesday, October 31, death struck Mitla Pass. Sharon had sent 200 paratroopers as scouts to the pass, 30 kilometers from the Suez Canal. The intelligence officer Gideon Mahanaimi had reported that the Egyptian soldiers had deserted the zone. In fact, they were looking out for us from behind the rocks, armed with heavy machine guns, and they began sniping at us relentlessly.
Ariel and I had arranged to meet in the offices of the chief of staff in Tel Aviv because he wanted to read the full version (before it was censored by the military authorities) of the article I had written on the first large-scale Israeli raid in the Gaza Strip, which was occupied by the Egyptians at the time. His wife, who had become a psychiatric nurse, was with him and asked to read the text afterward. She was passionate, concerned and moved by everything involving Ariel. I know that during that * An Israeli born in Israel.
That day, for the ﬁrst time in my life, I prayed to God. It was then that I persuaded myself that God exists. Who else would have been able to save me so often, against all kinds of attacks? At Mitla, I even called on Rabbi Meir Baal Haness, known as the “master of miracles,” to intercede on my behalf with the Almighty. 1957 A N O U T S TA N D I N G O F F I C E R E ncouraged by his military success, Sharon made it a point of honor to be seen as the representative not just of the Israeli population but of the Jewish people.