As eulogies of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon poured in following his death Saturday, one right-wing Knesset member took the time to thank God for removing him from power before could "wreak disaster" on settlements in the West Bank.
MK Orit Strock (Habayit Hayehudi) praised God on her Facebook page for the fact that "Sharon was taken from public life before succeeding in wreaking the same disaster on residents of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] as he did on settlers in Gush Katif [Gaza settlements] and the Gaza border communities."
Strock went on to write that Sharon was "one of the great builders of Israel – and one of its greatest destroyers. He knew how to defeat terror, and also transformed southern Israel into a terror-stricken region…. His great determination and his ability to make a decision –and execute it – enabled him to attain impressive achievements, as well as disastrous developments."
Following a backlash to her remarks, Strock issued a clarification, saying her post was misunderstood and that she "did not pray for the death of Sharon, did not ask that he fall ill, did not hope that his tenure as prime minister end in this way."
Strock said she felt no "joy over the way in which Sharon's ended," adding that, "I do not manage God's checkbook but, in reality, the fact that he could not continue his plan of destruction and expulsion saved the state of Israel from terrible decline."
Meanwhile, according to Israeli media reports, right-wing activist Noam Federman was planning to petition the High Court of Justice to demand that it forbid Sharon from being buried on Kalaniot Hill, near his Sycamore Ranch.
Federman claims that it is not an official burial site, and has also asked Health Minister Yael German not to issue a death certificate for Sharon. "The law is the law," Federman was quoted by the Walla news site as saying. "It's not surprising that the man who, in life, worked against moral law and expelled thousands of people will be buried in violation of the law."
Public Security Minister: Probe rejoicers of Sharon's death
Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has instructed police to investigate online posts that rejoice in the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Army Radio reported Sunday.
Since Sharon's death on Saturday, Army Radio reports, an increasing number of comments and posts on social media websites have cheered the former leader's death, and some of the remarks have bordered on defamation.
The posts prompted Aharonovitch to take action, and to instruct police to identify who was behind them. The minister called such activity criminal and said that rejoicing in Sharon's death would divide the nation and contribute to extremism, according to Army Radio.
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