Last updated on: 1/11/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Ariel Sharon Biography

Title:
Former Prime Minister of Israel
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Seven months ago, my Government approved the Roadmap to peace, based on President George Bushs June 2002 speech. This is a balanced program for phased progress toward peace, to which both Israel and the Palestinians committed themselves. A full and genuine implementation of the program is the best way to achieve true peace. The Roadmap is the only political plan accepted by Israel, the Palestinians, the Americans and a majority of the international community. We are willing to proceed toward its implementation: two states Israel and a Palestinian State living side by side in tranquility, security and peace.”

Address by PM Ariel Sharon at the Fourth Herzliya Conference, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Dec 18, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Israeli Prime Minister, 2001-2006
  • Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1998-1999
  • Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources, 1996-1999
  • Member of the Israeli Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, 1992-1996
  • Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, 1990-1992
  • Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor, 1984-1990
  • Israeli Minister of Defense, 1981-1983
Education:
  • LLB, 1962, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Other:
  • Suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on Jan. 4, 2006 and remained in a persistent vegetative state until his death on Jan. 11, 2014
  • Appointed Head of the Southern Command Staff, 1969
  • Commander of an armored division, 1967 War
  • Head of the Army Training Department, 1966
  • Appointed Head of the Northern Command Staff, 1964
  • Served as Infantry Brigade Commander and then Infantry School Commander, 1958-1962
  • Appointed commander of a Paratroop Corps in 1956 and fought in the Sinai Conflict
  • Founded and led the “101” special commando unit which carried out retaliatory operations, 1953
  • Commanded an infantry company in the Alexandroni Brigade during the 1948 War
  • Instructor for the Jewish Police, 1947
  • Joined the Haganah, 1945
  • Also known as Arik Sharon
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Right of Return Imply the Destruction of Israel?