How Australian Jews Overcame Their Suspicion and Learned to Respect Sharon

They recall Arik Sharon's controversial career favorably, notably his interest in the Diaspora.

SYDNEY – Many Australian Jews were skeptical and wary of Ariel Sharon throughout most of his long and controversial career. Those who met him personally, however, in Israel or during his visit to Australia in June, 1967, were immediately won over by his personal charm and by the perception that he understood the importance of Israel for Diaspora Jewry.