Will to Power
Ariel Sharon embodied the primacy of force over diplomacy
by Nir Hefez and Gadi Bloom
translation by Mitch Ginsburg
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One day in June 1974, a novice Israeli politician named Ariel Sharon drove into the northern West Bank. In a field of thistles south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, the short, bulky ex-general joined a hundred young activists from a radical right-wing protest movement who were busily setting up a new settlement. The activists' aim was to ensure that Israel retained permanent rule of the entire West Bank, in defiance of the policy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who'd taken office just two days before. Sharon, known for his obsession with maps and topography, had personally chosen the spot for their illegal settlement bid, near the Palestinian village of Hawarah.
That night, Israeli troops received orders to remove the settlers. As the soldiers dragged protesters to waiting buses, an enraged Sharon stormed
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