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.”

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Blogs Sports Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    Gold on the Galilee: Israeli Kayaker Comes of Age, Eyes Olympics (VIDEO)

    JNS.org – Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then 17 years old, had just been disqualified from the Israeli kayaking championship. He couldn’t survive the heats. He didn’t make the start line. He was devastated—and he had no one with whom to share his hopes, his dreams, and his disappointment. His divorced parents still live in [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

    “Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor. Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.” The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.” Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Former NBA Star Tweets Article About Jewish Conspiracy to Control Global Media

    Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling tweeted a link on Wednesday to a wildly antisemitic article that accuses Jews of seizing control of the world’s media and using it to promote their own interests. The article, published by an obscure blog in April 2013, highlights six companies it claims are owned by Jews — such as Time Warner, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company – that allegedly “control 96 percent of the world’s media.”  The post includes allegations of “Jewish control” and says [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    Rosh Hashanah Won’t Keep the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz From Season Opener

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz responded to an outcry from Jewish fans on Tuesday, saying he will go ahead and play in the season opener despite the fact that it falls on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. “Keep getting tweets about that being the first night of Rosh Hashanah… Don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you. It’s a tough break,” the Jewish athlete wrote, referring to the Giants’ on-the-road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    Jewish Coach David Blatt Has NBA’s Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

    JNS.org – When David Blatt was hired as head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers last June, he was not often recognized when he walked the streets of downtown Cleveland. What a difference a year makes. Now, Blatt can go few places without being recognized. For good reason. The Jewish coach has the Cavaliers in the mix to win the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since the Browns won the National Football League title in [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.