Sharon Fighting for his life.

#2
jonwilly said:
According to BBC Sharon is now fighting for his life following another stroke.
john
I just read that myself. Could be a problem for the roadmap peace plan, Sharon seemed to be one of the few committed to it.
 
#3
Bibi Netanyahu was Sayeret Matkal (his brother led the Entebbe raid). Wonder if he knows how to poison people?

Having said that, Sharon looked like he'd enjoyed a few full English breakfasts (ixnay on the bacon and pork perhaps...)
 
#4
I said this would happen , this exact thing. I really don't hold much for his chances, and this comes at the worst possible time.
 
#5
Totally ignorant of any sensible alternatives to Arik.... Netanyahu is a fool, and Sharon was finally casting off the shackles of the militant Orthodox lot by setting up outside Likud. Who, if anyone, is likely to step up?
 
#7
at least with Netanyahu in charge, Israel could compete with Iran in the World's Maddest Leader (democratically elected) Division 1.
 
#8
nodandawink said:
at least with Netanyahu in charge, Israel could compete with Iran in the World's Maddest Leader (democratically elected) Division 1.
The Premier League consisting of..?
 
#9
Young Kim and Bush43?
 
#10
Premier League (not quite so democratic)

That mad fecker in Burma
That mad fecker in Tajikistan (you know, the one with the ice palace in the desert, beard ban and day of the week renamed to his mothers name)
That mad fecker in Byelorussia
Hugo Chavez
Evo Morales (the coca farmer in charge in Bolivia)
Fidel Castro

any other suggestions?

Excluded the Iranian guy as he was democratically elected... Sigh.
 
#12
Thabo Mbeki?

Oh and the bloke from Tanzania(?) that was accused of electoral fiddling last week.
 
#14
Ehud Olmert the acting PM was accused of dodgy dealings as mayor of Jerusalem, no doubt Bibi and co could bring this up again. However he was a loyal ally to Sharon and a firm believer in Sharon's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and Sharon's plans for the West Bank.
I think it's inaccurate to talk about the Road Map - that is long dead and both sides seem to be playing it by ear. Sharon and Olmert are concerned about the demographic survival of Israel not a 'just' settlement with the Palestinians so the unilateral policy.
However saying that I hope what ever happens with Sharon I hope he doesn't suffer - cerebral hemorrhages are nasty.
 
#15
This development is good for Netanyahu and not good for the Palestinians/Iranians.
Sharon has led an extraordinary life first as a military officer and then in politics. Prayers are with Ariel Sharon,his family and the Israeli people.
 
#16
This development is good for Netanyahu and not good for the Palestinians/Iranians
Tom6 , I firmly believe it is not going to be good for the rest of us either.
 
#17
tomahawk6 said:
This development is good for Netanyahu and not good for the Palestinians/Iranians.
Sharon has led an extraordinary life first as a military officer and then in politics. Prayers are with Ariel Sharon,his family and the Israeli people.
The thing is - I don't think Bibi can make that much capital out of it - unilateral disengagement is actually very popular in Israel (whether it can really deliver peace is another thing).
 
#18
I see Netanyahu as being less tolerant towards Iran compared to Sharon. I agree with you that Sharon's policies were pretty popular. The reality is that the PA doesnt control its territory. The areas vacated by Israel are now launching pads for terror attacks into Israel proper. Disengagement will be less viable in the west bank.
 
#20
I've even almost stopped being annoyed and angry he was somehow connected with Rabin's death...

Not quite though.

This is exactly how Dad went, and he was a damn sight fitter than Sharon.

I really hope he makes it. but even if he does, his workload is too great for a man in his parlous state of health. I can only hope , he has inspired other Israeli politicians to continue his work.
 

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