2 Shevat 5774
Sharon was a commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948. As a paratrooper and then an officer, he participated prominently in the 1948 War of Independence, becoming a platoon commander in the Alexandroni Brigade and taking part in many battles, including Operation Ben Nun Alef. He was an instrumental figure in the creation of Unit 101, the Retribution operations, the 1956 Suez War, the Six-Day War of 1967, the War of Attrition and the Yom-Kippur War of 1973. As Minister of Defense, he directed the 1982 Lebanon War.
During his military career, he was considered the greatest field commander in Israel's history, and one of the country's greatest ever military strategists. After his assault of the Sinai in the Six-Day War and his encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army in the Yom Kippur War, the Israeli public nicknamed him "The King of Israel" and "The Lion of God".
As Prime Minister in 2005, Ariel Sharon was responsible for expelling 8500 Jews from their homes, businesses, synagogues and yes, even cemeteries, in Gush Katif. After a lifetime of building up and defending the Land and People of Israel, Ariel Sharon undid it all over the course of a month. Arik had gone from strength to strength until then, but a few short months later, he had a massive stroke that left him in a persistent vegetative state for the next eight years.
A question: If Ariel Sharon's life has been a mirror of the fortunes of the secular State of Israel, then this might explain why his demise would herald the coming of Mashiach. From this we could draw the conclusion that the Obama/Kerry-sponsored peace initiative is going to be the final nail in the coffin of the ruling regime.
An observation: Maybe "in the eighth year Ben David comes" is counting from when Sharon-Israel fell mortally wounded, never to rise again - 5766. Despite the horror and horrendous consequences of the expulsion from Gush Katif and despite the growing outcry against "committing national suicide" with "Aushwitz borders," the ruling regime remains committed to doing it all over again - this time to at least a hundred thousand Jews. G-d forbid!
Think about the chances of Sharon's going into a mortal decline just when Kerry has arrived for the tenth time, reportedly with plans to reveal his proposal for reaching a final status agreement.