Great article except the last sentence. Israel's pariah status existed even before he was elected prime minister. If anything, his actions in pulling out of Gaza will help Israel's image in the international stage. Oslo was a disaster. Labor, for all their openmindedness, trusted Arafat and left Israel in a perilous position. Sharon changed the unacceptable status quo through his vision.
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from the article: Sharon's vision