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Alan asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastIsrael · 7 years ago

Agree or Disagree? Ariel Sharon should of stayed in the IDF instead of going into politics Since all?

of things that made him Special were accomplished while he was in the IDF (before he went into Politics)

IDF - Israeli Defense Force


of THE things that made him Special

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  • Shay p
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    7 years ago
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    Alex, he did a great job in both,

    In 1981, Ariel Sharon was appointed Defense Minister, serving in this post during the Lebanon War, which brought about the destruction of the PLO terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon. In the realm of international relations, he was instrumental in renewing diplomatic relations with the African nations which had broken off ties with Israel during the Yom Kippur War. In November 1981, he brought about the first strategic cooperation agreement with the U.S. and widened defense ties between Israel and many nations. He also helped bring thousands of Jews from Ethiopia through Sudan.

    In 1983, Sharon resigned as Defense Minister after a government commission found him indirectly responsible for the September 1982 massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Lebanese Phalangists.

    Sharon remained in the government as a minister without portfolio and then served as Minister of Industry and Trade from 1984-90. In this capacity, he concluded the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. in 1985.

    From 1990-1992, he served as Minister of Construction and Housing and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Immigration and Absorption. Following the fall of the Soviet Union and the waves of immigration from Russia, he initiated and carried out a program to absorb the immigrants throughout the country, including the construction of 144,000 apartments.

    From 1992-1996, he served as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

    In 1996, Ariel Sharon was appointed Minister of National Infrastructure and was involved in fostering joint ventures with Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinians. He also served as Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Bedouin advancement.

    In 1998, Ariel Sharon was appointed Foreign Minister and headed the permanent status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

    While serving as Foreign Minister, Sharon met with U.S., European, Palestinian and Arab leaders to advance the peace process. He worked mostly to create and advance projects such as the Flagship Water Project funded by the international community to find a long-term solution to the region's water crisis and a basis to peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and other Middle Eastern countries.

    And much much more.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I would agree. He really made his name during the October War (Yom Kippur War). The Israeli Generals, including Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, were all shaken up and confused by the Egyptian attack. Sharon was the only one willing to make tough decisions, even telling Israeli Headquarters that he'll ignore their orders if he has to.

    Here is a recording from the forts as the Israeli soldiers were being massacred (900 killed in 2 days). Ariel Sharon calls in and tells them how bad their situation is. They didn't realize that the Israeli Air Force and tanks had been paralyzed. The soldier who recorded it claims that Sharon was the only one who told them the truth while the other commanders sugarcoated it.

    But he did nothing special afterwards and in fact ruined his name for the most part. The Arabs and much of the world consider him a war criminal while many Israelis resent him for pulling out of Gaza.

  • 7 years ago

    I do disagree on both counts.....he was a war criminal ....he committed many war crimes when he was in the idf and committed many war crimes when he was a politician.......

    he should never existed ....better for the human race......

  • Kevin7
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    He was a success in both fields

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