Sharon was in the Israel Army for many years. He fought in numerous battles, and in 1974 he left the army as General. After the army he decided to go to politics. In 1977, he became Minister of Agriculture. In 1981 he became the Minister of Defence.
In 1983, he was sent away from the government as Minister of Defence after he was found to be guilty for not preventing a massacre in Lebanon where many hundreds of civilians were killed by other civilians.
In 2004, he surprised many people when he said that Israel will get out of the Gaza Strip, which is the place where many Palestine people live.
In December 2005, Sharon was taken into hospital. On January 4, 2006, Sharon was again taken to the hospital. He had a big stroke (bleeding in the brain). Rumours spread immediately of his death, though these were denied by his physicians. Ehud Olmert, another member of Sharon's newly formed Kadima party, was acting Prime Minister until elections were held in Israel, after which Olmert became Prime Minister of Israel.
Other websites[change | edit source]
- Ariel Sharon's Biography – Detailed account of his military and political career
- Ariel Sharon
- Ariel Sharon: Return to the Temple Mount
- Ariel Sharon: an Israeli Caligula
- The Sabra and Shatila Massacres (16–18 September 1982)
- Timeline of key events in Sharon's life
- Ariel Sharon Profile, ynet news lexicon
- Biography of Ariel Sharon at cnn.com
- Prominent People – Sharon, Ariel "Arik"
- Phonecall – An authentic recording of Ariel Sharon talking to a soldier positioned at one of the Suez Channel bunkers at the beginning of the Yom Kippur War.