Ariel Sharon, the Last Prime Minister???
Day 17 of the Omer
According to a 2005 interview given to Rabbi Lazer Brody (see here and here) - "... the Geula must begin full force within 7 years of the notorious Disengagement from Jewish Gaza, when 8500 Jews were expelled and exiled from their homes. If the Disengagement was on Av 11, 5765, that means that 7 years are up this coming Av 11, 5772 (July 30, 2012)."
The bad news is, the same source also passed along the following prediction: "Arik Sharon will win the coming election, and ... be the last Prime Minister of the secular State of Israel."
Well, that throws cold water on it, doesn't it? Everyone knows that Ehud Olmert and Binyamin Netanyahu followed Ariel Sharon as Prime Minister. So, if they were wrong on that, then they're likely just as wrong about the other.
But, hold on just a minute. Ariel Sharon is still technically alive and was never voted out of office, so from a certain perspective, one might say that Olmert and Netanyahu simply filled his chair in his absence. I mean, it's already a weird situation with Sharon going on and on and on, neither really living nor passing on. No Israeli leader was ever more identified with the Land of Israel than Ariel Sharon - "The Bulldozer" - a kibbutznik cum general, an icon of secular Zionism if ever there was one.
Is the secular Zionist State's destiny tied to Ariel Sharon's? When he succumbed to a stroke and became incapacitated, was it a sign of the beginning of the fall of secular Zionism and the secular state as well? In other words, is the state of the State mirrored in Ariel Sharon's condition?
This could put a new light on another prediction I heard in the name of Rav Kaduri, ztz"l, that Mashiach would only appear after Ariel Sharon had passed from this world.