For All His Flaws, Israel Is Poorer Without Leaders Like Ariel Sharon

Since Sharon’s departure, Israel has lacked leadership that acknowledges the limits of power, maintains its alliance with the U.S., displays political courage in the territories and won’t be deterred by the settlers.

Throughout his military career – from commander of the Unit 101 commando platoon to Defense Minister – Ariel Sharon personified, more than anyone else, Israeli aggressiveness and bullying. From the Qibya action in Jordan (when, in 1953, 69 men, women and children were killed by Unit 101 in a reprisal attack) and the battle for Mitla Pass during the Sinai Campaign of 1956, to...