Thursday, January 05, 2006


Not like this.

It just wasn't supposed to happen this way.

Waking this morning to discover that Ariel Sharon was fighting for his life, after suffering a massive stroke...

Sure, I believed that Ariel Sharon's policies since becoming Israel's Prime Minister were harmful towards the Jewish People and Jewish State (and the Land of Israel).

Sure, just about everyone in the country knew that he was most likely corrupt - very corrupt.

And, lastly, sure, I very much did not want to see Ariel Sharon re-elected in the upcoming elections.

But, as strong as my politics and beliefs might be, and as great as the threat that Sharon posed to them - I didn't - and I don't think anyone except for some very sick people - wanted salvation to come from Ariel Sharon becoming terminally ill (or worse).

As much as I was against Sharon for what he did to Gush Katif, that's how grateful we all should be for what he did over the years for all that he did defending Israel, the Jewish people, and building up the Land of Israel.

He deserved to live out his life quietly on his ranch, raising cows, riding off into the sunset.

Just not this way.

Sadly, throughout Jewish history we have found that not all Kings of Israel get the ending they deserve.

Here's hoping that Arik - "Melech Yisrael" is able to recover enough to live out his life in peace and tranquility, surrounded by those who love him.

More thoughts later - as right now, my thoughts are pretty much jumbled.



I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment Ze'ev.

I didn't agree with Rabin's policies either, but I was not one of the "happy" ones when he was killed.

May Hashem heal Sharon and then may he realize that retirement is the best option. (ad 120)

By Blogger Jerusalemcop, at Thu Jan 05, 09:41:00 AM GMT+2  

You wrote what most of us are feeling.

By Blogger westbankmama, at Thu Jan 05, 09:42:00 AM GMT+2  

Your post sums it up much better than I just did and I feel moved to tears. Excellently put.

By Blogger ifyouwillit, at Thu Jan 05, 10:06:00 AM GMT+2  

Let me play devils advocate here for a moment.

What do you think the Jewish people who were evicted from their homes in gaza and no. samaria are thinking right now?

I was in Hevron yesterday, and let me tell you emotions were sure running high considering the day before the Gov't went to issue eviction notices to those in the old Marketplace by the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. I heard plenty of comments by tourists and residents about their feelings on the PM, and how there woudl be only one way to stop the eviction.

I don't want to be heartless, but I felt very emotional all summer as I am sure all of you have. We all have our opinions, but for those not living in the areas affected and now areas that are being affected like Sederot, Ashkelon, etc... It is easy for us to say we wish the PM good health and go back to our regular lives/. I am not so sure that the many affected would share the sentiment.

I guess we never know what Hashem has in store for any of us, as we are all just players in the development & destruction of mankind. From Iran to the US to Israel to England we are just small pieces in the larger puzzle of The world.

By Blogger JMH, at Thu Jan 05, 11:05:00 AM GMT+2  

JMH - I want Sharon out of politica as much as the next person, and I do beleive that Sharon will have to give an accounting for all of his actions - before G-d - but that does not mean that I wish ofr him to suffer a massive stroke and brain hemmoraging.

I am sure that most of those expelled would have been just as happy if Sharon had retired from political life after the 1st mini-stroke and that wouldve been the end of the story - I do not believe that people were out for Sharon's blood- leterally or figuratively.

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Thu Jan 05, 12:03:00 PM GMT+2  

ZEEV-I am not so sure about your opinion. I would be very interested to hear now what some of these people are saying.

Remember to many people, Eretz Yisrael is an inheritance from Hashem, and they do not want to have a person determine that they can not live anymore in a certain area that is Kadosh.

Ariel Sharon wanted to determine the "Final" & "Permanent" borders of Israel-understanding that the Arabs would be the majority years down the road. This was his dertermination to solve the problem, people an view it that Hashem did not like where this is heading and used his hand to stop what has been and what is going on.Who is "he" to determine this-and these people, in my opinion look at this as fair and just punishment.

The people of YESHA, Hevron, Gaza, No Samaria are settling the land just as our forefathers had done and to live in Hevron, Kiryat Arba, Nitzanim, Gush Katif, you have to be made of something pretty strong. I admit, I couldn't have lived in these places, to be under constant threat.

By Blogger JMH, at Thu Jan 05, 03:37:00 PM GMT+2  

JMH, I agree with all of that, but do you believe that this is the fate they wanted to see for Sharon?

Would they not have been just as happy if he had to retire from politics for whatever reason, and he lived out his life quietly on his ranch - his plans and vision falling by the wayside?

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Thu Jan 05, 04:09:00 PM GMT+2  

ZEEV- I believe many people, many more than you think and not "sick" people are very happy right now with the way that Sharon has been stopped.

He was not going to retire. As one person said on the trip yesterday, the only way to stop him is if he is dead.

By Blogger JMH, at Thu Jan 05, 04:21:00 PM GMT+2  

Very well said.

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