The frequent medical bulletins about the steady deterioration of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s health over the last few days and his family’s vigil around his hospital bed should not come as a surprise to anyone. The former Israeli prime minister has been in a state of coma for the last eight years and during this time was constantly on a life support machine.
'War of choice'
Sharon: the prime minister, the bulldozer
Although he has almost disappeared from the Israeli consciousness, the legacy of Sharon, one of the most divisive political and military figures in Israel’s short history, has not vanished from the country’s public sphere.Yossi Mekelberg
Unfortunately, his actual policies, possibly more than those of any other Israeli leader, contributed to the perpetuation of the Israeli occupation, at least in the West Bank, and impeded the prospect of a viable Palestinian state living next to Israel. Already, in the early 1990s as a housing minister, he strived to hinder the Madrid Peace Conference by building new settlements to the sheer annoyance of Bush senior’s administration.