What is clear is that, like many of Israel's founders, he asserted his beliefs at the expense of the indigenous population of Palestine. Ironically, for a "defender" of Israel, he was also most instrumental in pursuing the policy that will most contribute to the permanent weakening and delegitimation of Israel - i.e., the policy of building Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories. Towards the end of his life, it is possible that Sharon began to understand how his past actions would have catastrophic consequences in the future. Tragically, he was the man most likely to make some kind of lasting peace with the Palestinians. But his stroke took him off the table and allowed him to be replaced by Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who is happily digging a deeper and deeper hole for Israel and the Palestinians.
UN agency warns school may be delayed for Palestinian refugees due to lack of funding (AP)
from the article: Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon laid to rest in state funeral