Professor Berkowitz Writes About Ariel Sharon's Legacy
Professor Peter Berkowitz has written an article on the legacy of Ariel Sharon, the prime minister of Israel who suffered a massive stroke on January 5, 2006.
Ariel Sharon's Legacy; From Soldier to Statesman, by Way of Most Vilified Leader in the World. In: The Weekly Standard, January 16, 2006.
"Sharon is the last of the 48ers--think of Yitzhak Rabin, Ezer Weizman, Moshe Dayan--to occupy the commanding heights of Israeli politics. He belonged to the generation that was born and bred in Israel, that came of age loving the land and fighting in the War of Independence, that was proud of the Zionist dream, that fought hard and lived large, and that, after heroic military careers, governed the nation well into its sixth decade. The 48ers were not always the best of democrats, especially Sharon. And yet time after time, they, and Sharon in particular, rose up to defend their small, surrounded, war-torn, beautiful country, making it possible for Jews to build a free and democratic state in their ancestral homeland."