Where Would Israel Be Without Sharon?

The former PM's legacy brings to mind questions of individuals' role in history, and considering Israel's bloody past and present, of responsibility as well.

Some ten years ago during the Israeli-Palestinian relations course I often teach, I began by sketching the political scene: Ariel Sharon was Israel’s prime minister, and with the second Intifada underway, peace was a distant prospect. We then cycled back through the decades. During the lecture on the 1982 Israel-PLO War in Lebanon, we discussed Sabra and Shatila and the resulting Kahan Commission which found that...