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By Ariel Sharon, David Chanoff

Israel's most recent leading minister as of February 6, 2001, Ariel Sharon is a dynamic and arguable chief. A hero in Israel's wars, maybe the main bold and profitable commander in Israel's notable army heritage, Sharon has consistently been a warrior, even if the enemies have been antagonistic Arab international locations, terrorists, Time journal, or rival politicians. the general public guy is celebrated -- competitive in conflict, hard-line in politics -- however the deepest guy has continually been obscured through Sharon's brilliant occupation and strong character. during this compelling and dramatic auto-biography, the true Sharon seems for the 1st time: a fancy guy, a loving father, a determine of braveness and compassion. he's a warrior who instructions the honour and love of his troops, a visionary, and an uncompromising, ruthless pragmatist.
Sharon tells his tale with frankness, energy, intelligence, and an excellent present for element. regularly debatable, he's as outspoken as his neighbors -- and enemies -- may count on him to be.

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That hill, Tel Hamra, used to be an issue of chagrin to no less than a few of us observing the operation. notwithstanding insignificant on its own, the tricky topography had made it a severe function. The canal course must be minimize correct among Tel Hamra and Banias Hill, which adjoined it. Our chagrin stemmed from the truth that Banias Hill had as soon as been inside of our border. After the conflict of Independence Banias Hill were declared a demilitarized quarter, which we have been accepted to take advantage of for a civilian cost. yet by some means the cost had by no means labored out. not anyone had paid adequate recognition to that little hill, no one had cared approximately it. And so the cost was once now not driven vigorously, and at last it was once aborted. later on the military tested a small remark put up on Banias. yet in 1951 the Syrians had captured the statement group there and proven their very own presence. So we watched, figuring out that with no Banias the Syrians might were not able to construct the canal and we would have kept away from what used to be more likely to become a massive conflagration. yet via now it was once some distance too past due to reclaim what we had as soon as given up. of the 3 Jordan tributaries ran via Arab territory, the Hasbani in Lebanon and the Banias River in Syria. The 3rd used to be the River Dan, and whereas the resource of the Dan was once disputed, therefore we had very truly proven our keep watch over. With the water challenge growing to be extra annoying by means of the day, we determined to a minimum of get rid of the resource of the Dan from any attainable Syrian claims. In that lovely zone the place the tribe of the Dan had lived in the course of biblical instances, underground springs welled as much as shape a pond from which the river flowed. It was once merely the a long way northern fringe of this pond that the Syrians claimed, and to restrict any arguments approximately who owned the water we determined to construct an embankment there that may slim the pond at that finish, essentially enclosing it inside Israeli territory. As we proceeded with this undertaking, the Syrians sat of their tanks staring at tensely. first and foremost of November they stopped observing and commenced taking pictures. Salvos from their tanks crashed into our bulldozers and sell off vehicles. We shot again; and a tank, mortar, and machine-gun duel erupted, which we, to our shock, didn't get the higher of. days later, on November three, we all started operating back, and back the Syrians opened fireplace. yet this time we have been greater ready. for the time being Israel Tal had are available in and labored with the tank gunners, educating recommendations that at last allowed them to hit goals as much as 11 kilometers away with detailed accuracy (ordinary conflict diversity for tanks was once approximately kilometers). because the Syrians attacked our apparatus, we ranged in on their canal undertaking, and this time our taking pictures used to be significantly more beneficial than it have been. quick the conflict widened. The Syrian weapons reached out to the close by Kibbutz Dan, our planes have been referred to as in, and a brief, vicious conflict flared. From that point on we didn't allow them to paintings. each few days our tanks might hit them at lengthy variety, disrupting the canal digging and sending their equipment into flight.

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