In the light of Ariel Sharon’s condition, anyone not sure what to make of the man and his legacy (and I’m one of them – I’m not very clued up on Israeli history and I had no idea that this one man was so central to the story from the very beginning) could do a lot worse than read this summary of ‘The Bulldozer’ by the ever excellent Christopher Hitchens.
Sharon could still theoretically survive, but his political career is definitely over, placing the future of the peace process in serious jeopardy. The elections are coming up on March 28th and, as leader of the newly-formed Kadima (‘Forward’) party, Sharon was the clear favourite. I have no idea what will happen now. I know we’ve got a couple of readers in Israel – maybe they can shed some light on what this will all mean? Should we expect the return of the housewife’s favourite: Binyamin Netanyahu?