End of an Era: Updated
[He is] a gigantic figure in Israeli politicsGigantic is right.
Update: The Shabbat law forbids burial on Fridays --and also pulling the plug on persons on life support. Sometime on Saturday the Sharon family will be consulted on whether to end the artificial coma in which Mr. Sharon lies. NY Congressmen have already left for Israel to attend the funeral.
Update: In all the bru-ha-ha surrounding Pat Robertson's comment that Sharon deserved death for giving up Gaza, I believe some extremist rabbis in Israel put a Cabalistic death curse on Sharon in July. Read here.
The end has come for Ariel Sharon, the sly gamer and the man of war. Jesus Christ was a man of peace; Sharon and Bismarck may be considered astute men of war and of politics.
Over the next few days, we'll hear effusions of praise for Sharon's medical team (while Sharon left his adversary, Arafat, languish in suffering from lack of care as he was he was beseiged in Spartan conditions in the bare Ramallah fortress), the wails of the weeping masses for a gluttonous man of no integrity, and messages of sympathy from Western heads of state to a man who sought to carry out ethnic cleansing --on occasion by death, sometimes by other means.
Olmert has no hope of filling Sharon's shoes; the Israel "center" [composed pragmatic extremists and personality cultists] is gone. Israelis must now to choose between Netanyahu's Likud and Peretz' Labor. We think Peretz has the right idea and we wish him well in March.