Sharon’s Contradictory Life and Legacy: The Good, the Bad and the Very, Very Ugly

He was as callous as he was charming, a master of offensives or connoisseur of stabs in the back, the man who extricated Israel from Gaza but implanted it in the West Bank.

The first time I met Ariel Sharon he was already cast as the enemy. It was at a meeting of the Southern Command, somewhere in the Sinai Desert, during the Yom Kippur War. Sharon was the commander of the IDF’s 143rd Division, and I was serving in Avraham Adan’s 162nd. While they were repelling the Egyptians, the two generals were also at each other’s throats.