Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2014

Ariel Sharon: From Warrior to Man of Peace at Last

David Pollock

January 2014

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, at death's door today at age eighty-five after eight years in a stroke-induced coma, incarnated many of the contradictory dimensions of his entire country: courageous, and so unavoidably controversial; steadfast in his core convictions, yet flexible, impulsive, and even unpredictable in carrying them out; supremely self-confident, yet always acutely concerned about his country's security.