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Ariel Sharon was a military leader and the 11th Prime Minister of Israel. Find more on his life and childhood in this brief biography and timeline.
Ariel SharonHow to Cite
Famous as: Prime Minister of Israel
Born on: 26 February 1928
Born in: Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine
Zodiac Sign: Pisces Famous Pisceans
Works & Achievements: Disengagement of Israeli Soldiers from Gaza and Effective Foreign Policy
Ariel Sharon is the former Prime Minister of Israel and a military leader. He is ranked among the most powerful leaders in the history of Israel, who succeeded in removing the Israeli soldiers from Gaza thus ending the long time tension between the two countries. Before elected as Prime Minister, Sharon has been appointed to the ministry of defense which he abandoned in the wake of the impeachments of war crimes following the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. He was the first Prime Minister who did not belong to either of the two political parties 'Labor' or 'Likud' that were dominating the Israeli politics for years. After falling out with his party members, Sharon founded and led a party 'Kadima' which is now a majority and the senior coalition partner in the Israeli Government. However, health problems have kept him out of politics in recent years particularly after he went into comma in 2006.
Sharon had two marriages and has been widowed twice. He married his first wife Margalit, while serving as a military instructor. His wife died in a car accident in May 1962 and after 5 years of her death, their son Gur, was shot accidentally by his friend in October 1967, while playing with a rifle. After Margalit’s death, he married her younger sister Lily, who died of cancer in year 2000, leaving behind two sons Omri and Gil’sd.
ARIEL SHARON TIMELINE
Ariel Sharon was born on 26 February.
Sharon joined the paramilitary youth battalion.
He became the company commander.
Sharon was promoted to intelligence officer for central command.
The Qibya Massacre took place under his leadership.
His wife Marglit died in a car accident in May.
Sharon’s son Gur died.
Likud Party was established in July.
Sabra and Shatila massacre took place.
Sharonresigned from his position of Defense Minister.
He stayed in the cabinet as a Minister without Portfolio till 1984.
Sharon became Minister for Trade and Industry.
He took charge as the Minister of Housing Construction.
Sharon became Foreign Minister and served till 1998.
Sharon’s second wife Lily died of cancer.
Protest march was held by the Sabra and Shatila massacre victim’s relatives.
Sharon was elected as the 11th Prime Minister in February.
Sharon withdrew Israeli soldiers from Gaza on 11 September.
He established a national unity government in 2005.
Sharon defeated a leadership challenge on 27 September.