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By Uri Dan

In 1954 reporter Uri Dan met a tender army commander named Ariel Sharon and him heavily for greater than part a century. Dan turned Sharon's depended on consultant and a witness to the defining moments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--from mystery conferences with heads of country to open war within the Sinai. This riveting blend of political historical past, narrative biography, interviews, and correspondence sheds new mild at the clash within the heart East and offers an intimate, definitive portrait of Ariel Sharon--a man whose existence is inextricably intertwined with Israel's future. With Hamas governing Palestine, Ariel Sharon gravely unwell and the celebration he based, the Kadima, in charge of the Knesset, this e-book could not be extra well timed.

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In the afternoon, for the first time in our lives, we saw the impressive spectacle of 16 transport planes—Dakotas and Nordes—lined up on the base at Tel-Nof. I felt very proud as I clambered into a Dakota with Raful. “Mystère” fighter planes flew around us to ensure our protection. When we received the command to jump, I gazed at a magnificent spectacle: the Suez Canal running through the desert like a long blue band in the light of the setting sun. All around me in the sky hundreds of white blossoms were scattered.

I spent long evenings in the company of his wife, Margalit, and their son, the adorable Gur, in their apartment in Tsahala (the residential quarter in Tel Aviv allocated to IDF officers). Ariel and Margalit cast a tender and watchful eye on my private life as a young bachelor, grilling me mischievously on my friendships, as well as on my love affairs. When I finally announced that I intended to marry my latest conquest, with whom I was madly in love, they celebrated the news. Soon thereafter, my world collapsed: I read in the press of my beloved’s engagement to the CEO of Marks & Spencer.

That didn’t happen at the time. And when Golda Meir summoned you? That was in private interviews when she wanted to discuss a point with me or when I wanted to see her. I met Ben-Gurion dozens of times, as well as the defense ministers who came after him: Pinhas Lavon, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan. No, there were no machinations, and no, Sadat’s proposals were not deliberately rejected. Absolutely not. You say that Moshe Dayan was a pessimist who was always worried. Was Golda Meir also prone to worry?

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