Ariel Sharon

Military Commander

1928 –

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Who is Ariel Sharon?

Ariel Sharon is an Israeli statesman and retired general, who served as Israel’s 11th Prime Minister. He has been in a permanent vegetative state since suffering a stroke on 4 January 2006. In 2013, tests showed "robust activity" in his brain in response to pictures of his family and recordings of his son's voice.

Sharon was a commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948. As a paratrooper and then an officer, he participated prominently in the 1948 War of Independence, becoming a platoon commander in the Alexandroni Brigade and taking part in many battles, including Operation Ben Nun Alef. He was an instrumental figure in the creation of Unit 101, the Retribution operations, the 1956 Suez War, the Six-Day War of 1967, the War of Attrition and the Yom-Kippur War of 1973. As Minister of Defense, he directed the 1982 Lebanon War.

During his military career, he was considered the greatest field commander in Israel's history, and one of the country's greatest ever military strategists. After his assault of the Sinai in the Six-Day War and his encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army in the Yom Kippur War, the Israeli public nicknamed him "The King of Israel" and "The Lion of God".

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Born
Feb 26, 1928
Kfar Malal
Also known as
  • אֲרִיאֵל שָׁר‏וֹן
  • Ariel Scheinermann
  • أرئيل شارون
  • Arik
  • אַריק
  • אריאל שיינרמן
  • Bulldozer
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Israelis
Nationality
  • Israel
  • Mandatory Palestine
Profession
Education
  • Tel Aviv University
    Law
    (1958 - 1962)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    History
    (1953 - )

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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