Even as we mourn his passing, there are lessons to be learned from the life of Ariel Sharon that we would ignore at our peril. He was our quintessential military leader, a throwback to Joshua and Judah Maccabee, whose 1950s anti-terrorist strategies are still being emulated worldwide, whose campaigns in Sinai in 1956 and in the Six-Day war are the stuff of legends and whose sheer daring saved us from what looked like certain defeat in the opening days of the Yom Kippur War.
Sharon’s 1982 strike into Lebanon was unfortunately halted before it putan end to Yasser Arafat and the PLO, but his action ushered Arafat and hisminion of murderers into an 11-year Tunisian exile from which they might never have reemerged had not a cabal of mentally derailed “peace” mongers resuscitated and replanted them in the soil of the Land of Israel.
Beyond the fringes of the petrified Left Ariel Sharon was virtually everybody’s hero and then as prime minister he did something that defied all rational understanding, something that overwhelmed and tarnished beyond repair the legend his life had created. For reasons that may never be understood and in defiance of his own Likud constituency he ordered the destruction and abandonment to Hamas of 22 vibrant Jewish communities in Gush Katif and an additional four in northern Samaria, reducing to rubble the homes and fortunes of 9,000 of the noblest pioneers Israel had ever produced. Every Hamas rocket that has fallen on Sderot, Ashkelon and Beersheva bears unforgettable testimony to that act.
We are now being importuned by President Obama and his emissary,Secretary of State John Kerry, to compound Sharon’s tragic error bytruncating Jerusalem, surrendering the Jordan Valley to Mahmoud Abbas and retreating to the indefensible borders of pre-June 1967. There can be only one answer to this final attempt to drive a stake through the heart of the Jewish State – Never Again!