The Israeli People and World Leaders Pay Tribute to Sharon

January 13, 2014 7:56 am 0 comments

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon lies in state outside Israel's Knesset. Photo: Knesset.

JERUSALEM – On Sunday, thousands gathered to pay their last respects to Israel’s eleventh prime minister, Ariel Sharon.

Sharon’s casket was placed in the Knesset in an area open to the public from morning until evening. Young children and the elderly; religious and secular; and right-wingers and left-wingers, were among those that made up the diverse crowd that came to pay tribute to the leader known by the Israeli public and media as Arik.

“He was the people’s leader,” said Marcelle Romano, a grandmother originally from Sderot. “I remember seeing Arik in Sderot on many occasions. My neighbor, Kochava Haroush, worked on his ranch as a cook and housekeeper for many years,” Marcelle told Tazpit News Agency. “In Sderot, we loved him – he was bigger than life. ”

Sharon, who was elected Israel’s prime minister in 2001, made his family’s home on a sheep farm known as Sycamore Ranch in the western Negev desert near Sderot. Following the controversial Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip, implemented by then Prime Minister Sharon in 2005 – a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza struck his family’s ranch in 2007.

As a great commander and later an Israeli general, Sharon is remembered by many who fought with him in battle or served under his command during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the 1967 War, and the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Navot, whose father served under Sharon, came to pay his respects to the late prime minister at the Knesset on Sunday. Holding a photo of his father and a military conduct ledger that Sharon himself had signed for his dad dating back to 1954, Navot explained that Sharon was a respected figure in his household. “My father served with him in the paratroopers unit. We grew up seeing Sharon as an incredible role model,” Navot told Tazpit.

On Monday, the state memorial ceremony will be held at the Knesset with keynote speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and members of the Sharon family. Senior guests attending include U,S, Vice President Joe Biden, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander,  Russia’s State Chairman Sergey Naryshkin, and Spanish Home Affairs Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, among others.

Twenty-three delegations from around the world, which include 100 people, are expected to participate in Monday’s funeral procession for the former prime minister.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also commented on Sharon’s death, stating that: “During his years in politics, it is no secret that there were times the United States had differences with him. But whether you agreed or disagreed with his positions – and Arik was always crystal clear about where he stood – you admired the man who was determined to ensure the security and survival of the Jewish State.”

Sharon will be laid to rest at Sycamore Ranch at 2:00 P.M.on Monday, next to his wife Lily, in a military funeral with eight IDF generals accompanying his coffin from the Knesset in Jerusalem to Anemone Hill in the Negev.

But on Sunday, Sharon’s memorial remained accessible to the people at large. “I am happy that I was able to pay my respects to Sharon,” said Romano from Sderot. “It’s an honor for me to be able to say goodbye to one of Israel’s greatest leaders in modern history.”

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