Why the Israeli public loved Ariel Sharon
Israelis didn't judge him like other prime ministers, because he made them feel good about themselves.
During his years as prime minister, Ariel Sharon had a status in Israeli public opinion that was reserved for him alone. He was considered not merely beyond left or right, but beyond good and evil – outside the realm of any moral judgment. Suspicions of criminality and corruption, of the type that brought down Ehud Olmert, only enhanced his popularity, as did his concessions to the...
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