The Consulate of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region announced today that a book of condolences to the former prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, will be opened for signature at its premises (1880 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1818, Philadelphia) from January 13-16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visits shall be notified in advance to [email protected] or to phone number 267-479-5803.
Sharon was born in 1928 in Kfar Malal. He served in the IDF for more than 25 years, retiring with the rank of major general.
He participated in the 1967 Six Day War as a commander of an armored division. In 1969 he was appointed head of the IDF Southern Command.
Sharon resigned from the army in 1973, but was recalled to active military service in the October 1973 Yom Kippur War to command an armored division. He led the crossing of the Suez Canal which brought about victory in the war and eventual peace with Egypt.
In 1981 Sharon was appointed defense minister, serving in this post during the Lebanon War, which brought about the destruction of the PLO terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon.
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In 1998 Sharon was appointed foreign minister and headed the permanent status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
On February 6, 2001, Sharon was elected prime minister. In June 2004, the government approved the Disengagement Plan from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria, which was implemented the following year, in order to create the opportunity for peace.
On January 4, 2006, after forming a new party, Kadima, in anticipation of elections to the 17th Knesset, Sharon suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Sharon never regained consciousness and passed away eight years later, on January 11th, 2014.
He was widowed and is survived by two sons, Omri and Gilad.
Cartoon courtesy of Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen.