In WSJ’s OpinionJournal, Six Days of War author Michael Oren writes,

Irrespective of his prospects for recovery, Ariel Sharon has clearly ended his term as Israel’s prime minister and as the leader of the nascent Kadima Party, which was expected to win a landslide victory in the coming national elections. His passing from public life represents not only the fall of the pre-eminent figure in Israeli politics but, more fundamentally, the conclusion the formative era in Israel’s history–a period Mr. Sharon personified.

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