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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Ariel Sharon
"Man of conflict: Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel" (Web, Jan. 11) observes that detractors blame former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the failure of peace efforts under then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak because of Mr. Sharon's "provocative visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount in September 2000" and the violence that "reignited in the wake of the visit." That narrative has been discredited.
When Ariel Sharon died on Saturday, the obituaries emphasized his strength as a military commander and political leader, recalling his brilliant counterattack across Suez to surround the Egyptian armies when Israel's very existence hung in the balance in the Yom Kippur War the Arabs almost won.
War hero, statesman, strategist and pragmatist, Ariel Sharon died just when the perpetually stalled Middle East Peace "process" could use his brand of decisiveness. Boldness and decisiveness, alas, are out of fashion, replaced by retreat into "process."
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President Obama may have come off as lukewarm in his praise for the late Ariel Sharon, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday praised the late Israeli prime minister in a 17-minute eulogy that included quotations from Shakespeare, the Book of Genesis and Irish novelist James Joyce.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who is also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the presidential delegation attending the state funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the White House said Sunday.
Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is mourning the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is mourning the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Indiana leaders are praising the legacy of Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') following the death of the former Israeli prime minister.
Former President George W. Bush is calling ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "a warrior for the ages." Gov. Rick Perry is mourning the loss of "an uncompromising patriot."
Israelis great and small lined up to say a final goodbye Sunday to the flag-draped coffin of Ariel Sharon, as the country, the region and the rest of the world struggled to come to grips with the complicated legacy of one of Israel's most towering and divisive figures.
President Obama sent condolences to Israel Saturday on the passing of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, but the commander in chief will not attend the upcoming memorial service, according to the White House. Instead, the administration will send Vice President Joseph R. Biden.
Ariel Sharon's death Saturday elicited a wide range of responses from Palestinians, but sadness wasn't one: Some cheered and distributed sweets while others prayed for divine punishment for the former Israeli leader or recalled his central role in some of the bloodiest episodes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
New York officials and Jewish groups are praising the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') following his death.
A selection of memorable quotes about Ariel Sharon, Israel's former prime minister who died Saturday at age 85:
Sharon said Tuesday that the concessions Israeli Prime minister Ehud Barak is willing to make in Jerusalem in a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, are dangerous and would not constitute genuine peace.
He said "knowing the man, he would not want to live this way."