Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel died on Saturday after spending 8 of the 85 years of his life on life support. He went into comma after he suffered a stroke.
As Prime Minister, a post he held for 5 years, he ensured that Jewish settlers and troops were pulled out of the Gaza Strip.
In whatever capacity he served, he took actions that earned him places in the books of remembrance for good or otherwise. Having served as a commander in the Israeli army since its inception in 1948, he served as Defence Minister between 1981 and 83. In his days as Israel’s Foreign Minister, Sharon once refused to shake hands with Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat when they met at the Wye Plantation Peace talks in 1998. And as Prime Minister, Palestinians will never forget his role in ensuring that their esteemed leader, Yasser Arafat was walled in in his Ramallah office and disallowed from moving around the world to push the Palestinian agenda.