When Ariel Sharon a”h suffered a debilitating stroke eight years ago, few expected him to live. The strength that he showed to survive, even in the face of mortal illness, duplicated the strength he displayed as a warrior, a politician and a statesman. Israel’s divinely-ordained survival in the Yom Kippur War played out in great part due to his military genius.
Like all leaders, he aroused controversy. Like all leaders, he did what he thought was best for his country. Israel has lost a giant. He joins Ben Gurion, Eshkol, Meir, Begin and Rabin in the pantheon of Israel’s great figures.
The OU extends condolences to the people of Israel, and to Ariel Sharon’s family. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Martin Nachimson, President Stephen J. Savitsky, Chairman of the Board Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President