Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dies at 85

Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died Saturday after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.

Sharon died at Sheba Medical Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Tel Hashomer.
The Israeli statesman was a national war hero to many Israelis for his leadership, both in uniform or as a civilian, during every Israeli war.

Israelis mourn loss of former leader

Many in the Arab world called Sharon “the Butcher of Beirut” after he oversaw Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon while serving as defense minister.

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He was a major figure in many defining events in the Middle East for decades, including his decision to turn over Gaza and parts of the West Bank to Palestinian control.

Throughout, he was called a “The Bulldozer,” a fearless leader who got things done.

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The reaction in his own right-wing Likud Party to his order to the military to drag some Israeli settlers from their homes in Gaza led Sharon in November 2005 to form the political party Kadima, Hebrew for “Forward.”
He was in his fifth year as prime minister when he suffered a massive stroke in January 2006, which left him comatose.
Ehud Olmert, who became interim prime minister after Sharon’s stroke, assumed the role of prime minister after leading the Kadima Party to an election victory in March 2006.
Sharon’s career was closely tied to Israel’s relationship with Lebanon.

A life on front lines of war and politics

During the Lebanon war in 1982, Sharon, a former army general then serving as Israeli defense minister, was held indirectly responsible by an Israeli inquiry in 1983 for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. He was forced to resign.

Sharon, who lived on a ranch in the Negev Desert, became prime minister on March 7, 2001.

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He was the man who encouraged Israelis to establish settlements on occupied Palestinian land, but he also was the leader who pushed for Israel’s historic 2005 withdrawal from 25 settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, which was turned over to Palestinian rule for the first time in 38 years.

Ariel Sharon: Fast Facts

Sharon formed the centrist Kadima in an effort to build political support for his controversial plan to turn over Gaza and parts of the West Bank to Palestinian control.
In grappling with the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Sharon said in 2001, “I can talk and look in the eyes of the citizens of Israel and convince them to make painful compromises.”
As waves of suicide bombings by militants rocked Israel, Sharon sent tanks and troops into Palestinian towns, ordering assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders.
Sharon ordered construction of the barrier through the West Bank and confined then-Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat, whom he called “a terrorist,” to his compound in Ramallah, accusing him of encouraging attacks on Israel.
This veteran of all of Israel’s wars was a national hero to many.

In 1953, after a wave of terrorist attacks from Jordan, Sharon the military leader led the infamous Unit 101 on a raid into the border town of Kibya, blowing up 45 houses and killing 69 Arab villagers. Sharon said he thought the houses were empty.

In June 1967, as a general, Sharon led his tank battalion to a crushing victory over the Egyptians in the Sinai during the Six Day War.
But what he considered his greatest military success came in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. He surrounded Egypt’s Third Army and, defying orders, led 200 tanks and 5,000 men over the Suez Canal, a turning point in the war.

As defense minister, Sharon was the architect of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, an occupation meant to stop the Palestine Liberation Organization from using Lebanon as a base for attacks on Israel. The attack was disastrous.
After the Sabra and Shatila massacre, he allowed Israeli families to settle in occupied Palestinian land, the same land Palestinians claimed as a future state.
As a result of the inquiry, however, Sharon was forced to stand down and was banned from ever being defense minister again.
“He felt betrayed by his government,” said his adviser, Ranaan Gissin.

Sharon made a political comeback in the 1990s, eventually becoming leader of his party in 2000.
That year, he faced more trouble when he visited the holiest site for Jews, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem — known to Muslims as Haram al Sharif, “The Noble Sanctuary.” The stop sparked violent protests. The incident prompted the second Intifada — the Palestinian uprising against Israeli rule — that began in September of that year.
Throughout his career, both in the military and in politics, Sharon was the man Israelis turned to when they thought they had no other choice. Either leading from the front or calling the shots as an elected leader, he was always the soldier. Even in his later years out of uniform, his military demeanor was just below the surface. He never delivered on his promise of peace and security.
Sharon was born on a farm outside Tel Aviv. The son of Russian immigrants, he always remembered a lesson from his father as he ascended to the highest office in Israel.
“When my father saw that I was tired, he would stop for a minute and say, ‘Look how much we have done already,'” he once explained.

Source: CNN

The situation of Ariel Sharon’s deteriorating health state has been followed by many people in last years due to the prophecy of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, made in 2006, that links the return of the Messiah to Sharon’s death.
Full article about the prophecy: Predictions And Prophecies: II. The Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri Prophecy And The Return Of The Messiah

 

 

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Ariel Sharon: Health Conditions Getting Worse Every Hour

The health conditions of Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, have still worsened. The functions of the vital organs are in constant deterioration, says Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, where the former Israeli prime minister is being taken care of .

“Although his cardiac functions are stable, we haven’t noticed this stabilization in the functioning of his kidneys, liver, lungs and other critical organs . If there isn’t a miracle happening, his conditions will continue to worsen by the day and the risk for his life hasn’t been reduced. It may have even increased, ” said Dr. Rotstein.

Sharon, 85, suffers from a malfunctioning of internal organs, including the kidneys.

He became prime minister in 2001. 

In 2005, he suffered a mild stroke. After a second stroke in 2006, he went into a coma and has since then been in a vegetative state .

Army and government

ariel-sharon-1966Before entering politics, Ariel Sharon was the general of the army and fought in four wars since the creation of the State of Israel. He is considered  a great military leader by his nation, but is hated by the Palestinians for his hard line in foreign policy.

He played a key role in the military victories of the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. As defense minister in 1982, he conceived the Israeli invasion of Lebanon after the bombing of Israel by the Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ).

In 2005, he ordered the unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, remembers The Guardian – a move seen by many as a drastic change in Israel’s political strategy. A few weeks after his stroke, Hamas won the Palestinian elections.

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Predictions And Prophecies: II. The Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri Prophecy And The Return Of The Messiah
CBC News: Timeline – Ariel Sharon – milestones of his career in Israeli politics

Predictions And Prophecies: II. The Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri Prophecy And The Return Of The Messiah

January 29, 2006, died Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, one of the most famous rabbis of Israel, the leading Sephardi Kabbalist of his time. Then they all said that he left one of the greatest Jewish teachers XX century. Rabbi was — according to different sources — from 106 to 118 years.

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Before his death, he regained consciousness and asked to be left alone with the four closest disciples. Then said:

January 29, 2006, died Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, one of the most famous rabbis of Israel, the leading Sephardi Kabbalist of his time. Then they all said that he left one of the greatest Jewish teachers XX century. Rabbi was — according to different sources — from 106 to 118 years.

Before his death, he regained consciousness and asked to be left alone with the four closest disciples. Then said:

– If Kabbalists explore what I said in the last few months about the coming Messiah, then find his name, hidden in my words that opened my 9 year Cheshvan 5764 (11 November 2003). On the same day I received to meet with him face to face. He is here, he is among us, but he would not come and say, I Messiah, follow me. Kabbalists have to find it among the “hidden” words, and then the people of Israel should ask the Messiah to become king. A few minutes later, he whispered to one of his disciples esoteric expansion code name. Who was he said the code, the students refused to report.

Name of the Messiah

A few months before the death of Yitzhak Kaduri, wrote the name of the Messiah in a small note which he requested to print a year after his death. When the note was printed, it revealed what many have known for centuries: Yehoshua, or Yeshua (Jesus) is the Mashiach (Messiah).

Biblical name Yehoshua rabbi and kabbalist described the Messiah using six words and hinting that the initial letters form the name of the Messiah. The secret note said: “With regard to the letters that make up the name of the Messiah, he rose NATION and prove that his word and law is invalid. I signed it in the month of mercy. Yitzhak Kaduri ”

This proposal is in Hebrew (translated above in capital letters) with the hidden name of the Messiah in it reads: Yarim Ha “Am Veyohiah Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim.

The first letters are the Hebrew name Yeshua, Yehoshua. Yehoshua and Yeshua — is almost the same name, derived from the same root in Hebrew, the word “salvation”, as recorded in Zeharya 6:11 and Ezra 3:2. The same priest writes in Ezra, “Ben-Yeyshua Yotsadak,” and in the book Zeharyi “Yehoshua son Yeotsadaka.” The priest adds the holy abbreviation of God’s name, ho, in the father’s name Yotsadak and Yeyshua name.

Reaction to death note

Associates have long been told that Rabbi Kaduri had visions, during which he spoke with the Messiah. But when the letter opened, then shocked. After the Messiah’s name sounded like Yeshua — Jesus. The entire Israeli press, actively writing about the funeral of a rabbi, though now his mouth with water gathered. On the discovery announced only a few Hebrew-speaking newspapers and portal «Israel Today».

“I do not want to question the authority of the late rabbi, but in this case a lot of dubious — said Rabbi Jacob Moshe Poupko of Jerusalem. — Yeshua — a popular name among the Jews, and it is unclear what kind of Yeshua in this case is about. This is not necessarily the gospel Jesus. ”

Of the supporters of the late Rabbi believe that this letter — fake. According to 80-year-old son, Rabbi David Kaduri, his father in the last years of his life was in such poor shape that I could not write anything yourself. However, the very David Kaduri confirmed that last year, his father said, and dreamed almost exclusively about the Messiah and his coming. “My father saw the Messiah in a vision — he said — and told us that he would come soon.”

Two former employees of a rabbi, which is associated with a web portal «Israel Today», also confirmed the authenticity of the will. They remembered Kaduri was sure the imminent coming of the Messiah.

“People think about how it sounds name of the Messiah. To many it is well known, but they do not believe it — the Messiah “- often said the rabbi.

Sensational information has caused shock in Israel. “Does this means that equal Kaduri to Christianity? ‘” Christians rejoice sing and dance “- the phrases appeared on many online forums.

“This is actually good news, — said John Vennari, editor of the conservative American magazine« Catholic Family News ». — But if the Jews do not know the Messiah, who was among them, they are unlikely to believe in it now. ”

“All this is truly amazing. Maybe the rabbi and asked, but maybe he was referring to some other Yeshua — told «Rzeczpospolita» Professor Seth Kunin of the British University of Durham. — Despite the fact that in reality meant the rabbi, all this is unlikely to have serious consequences. Jews and Christians bicker about whether Jesus Messiah for over 2000 years, and no letter rabbi, even the most reputable, does not change anything. ”

When the name of Yehoshua appeared in Kaduri’s message, ultra-Orthodox Jews in Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva (seminary) in Jerusalem, disputed this, saying that their teacher did not leave the exact solution for decoding the Messiah’s name.

In an interview with Israel Today Rabbi David Kaduri, the 80-year-old son of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, denied that his father left a note before he died with the name of Yeshua. “It’s not, he wrote,” — he said when we showed him a copy of the note. When we told Rabbi Kaduri that his father’s official website (www.kaduri.net) mentioned the Messiah note, he was shocked: “Oh no! This is blasphemy. People may think that my father pointed to him [the Messiah of Christians]. ”

Israel Today access many rabbis manuscripts, written in his own hand, exclusively for students. Most striking was the fact that on each page Kaduri painted symbols like the cross. In Jewish tradition, one does not use crosses. In fact, even the plus sign is not recommended to use, because it can be mistakenly taken as a cross. But they were there, drawn by the rabbi himself. When asked about the meaning of these symbols, Rabbi David Kaduri said it “marks an angel.” When we went to try to find what the “signs Angel”, he replied that he has no idea. Rabbi David Kaduri went on and explained that only his father had had a spiritual relationship with God, and met the Messiah in his dreams.

Orthodox Jews in Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva few weeks later, after reading the note said the newspaper Israel Today, the story about the secret note of Rabbi Kaduri should not appear at all, and it damaged the name of revered old sage.

PROPHECY Kaduri

The oldest Israeli Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, calls Jews around the world to return to Israel to escape the natural disasters that threaten the world.

During the classes, which equals spent in his yeshiva and Maarivom between Mincha (afternoon and evening prayers), he said: “I am making this statement, and I want it to be heard around the world. Jews must return immediately to Israel as world threatened by the terrible natural disaster. In the future, the Holy One, blessed be His Name, nashlet terrible natural disasters on countries to facilitate the trial of the Land of Israel.

I order to publish this statement as a warning to Jews in other countries around the world have realized the impending danger, and returned to the Land of Israel for the construction of the Temple and the phenomena of our righteous Moshiach (Messiah). ”

Rabbi Kaduri also said that the new Jewish year will be the “mystery and revelation” in the world. Jewish year 5766 begins on the evening October 3 The rabbi explained that the Hebrew lettering “Tav”, “tire”, “Sameh”, “Vav” indicates the nature of the coming year. This will be the year of mystery (“SOD” — the letter “Sameh”) and revelation (“vgiluy” — the letter “vav”).

The correspondent of “Arutz-7,” Yehoshua Meiri, who conducted the interview with Rabbi Kaduri, recorded his words, gave the rabbi to read, and Rabbi Kaduri has signed the document.

Rav Kaduri sent his aides to Prime Minister Sharon on the eve of departure to Washington, he called for the repatriation of the Jews.

According to Meiri, he published a statement signed by Rabbi Ariel Sharon after delivering a speech in the UN, where he must appeal to the Diaspora Jews calling for repatriation.

Rav Kaduri predicted great misfortunes that befall the world. Two weeks before the tsunami hit Southeast Asia, Rabbi Kaduri told “Yediot Ahronot”: “We are now in the fourth year of what is called the seven-year period of redemption, according to the calculations of the Vilna Gaon. In the next three years we will be in a state of complete uncertainty, if we do not prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Mashiach already in Israel. The fact that people think that probably will not happen, will happen, and what will happen to disappoint us. But in the end, there will be peace in the world. World mitigated through strict justice. In the world anticipated the great tragedy, and that the Jews should know, going to the East. But our enemies can not defeat us in the Land of Israel, “fear and trembling to cover them.”

A week before the interview Rabbi Kaduri said: “We can save the world from harm through true repentance of the Jews, who should be more kindness and goodwill to each other. Cry poor and the expulsion of Jews from their homes shakes the foundations of peace. Completely accidental blow came to the place where our people have gone in pursuit of worldly temptations.

Rabbi Kaduri told his disciples that the current government will be the last government of “old age.” According to him, Sharon will be the last prime minister of Israel, and the new government will be the leadership of the Messianic suicide note and ordered him to open the year after his death. It turned out that, in the opinion of Rabbi Kaduri, name of the Messiah — Joshua (??).

Rav passed away January 8, 2006. The last way to saw off all the major rabbis and Israeli policy, as well as hundreds of thousands of followers.

UK’s Independent reports today:
Ariel Sharon in ‘critical condition’: Former Israeli Prime Minister’s health deteriorates further as blood infection detected

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The 85-year-old is experiencing multi-organ failure and has a blood infection, the hospital treating him has confirmed

The health of the former Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon is deteriorating further, in a situation that hospital staff said does not “give good signs for the future”.

The director of the hospital treating the 85-year-old has confirmed that Mr Sharon’s key organs continued to decline on Friday, but he is not in pain.

He is currently surrounded by his family who were called to his bedside yesterday.

Dr Zeev Rotstein, the director of Tel Hashomer hospital where he has been treated for the past eight years, said Mr Sharon’s life remains in dangers and that “there is a slow and gradual deterioration” in his condition, including multi-organ failure.

Test results also show that Mr Sharon also has a blood infection.

Ariel Sharon in ‘critical condition’: Former Israeli Prime Minister’s ‘life in danger’

Mr Sharon has been in a coma for eight years after he suffered an incapacitating stroke at the peak of his career.

After initially spending months in a Jerusalem hospital, Sharon was transferred to the long-term care facility at Tel Hashomel. He was taken home briefly at one point but was returned several days later to the hospital, where he has been in a persistent vegetative state since.

“Looking at the trend of deterioration, it doesn’t give us good signs for the future,” Dr Rotstein said, adding that Mr Sharon: “is fighting like a real fighter, as he did all his life.”

During his tenure as one of Israel’s most famous former generals, Mr Sharon was known for bold his tactics and an occasional refusal to obey orders.

As a politician, he earned the nickname “the bulldozer” as he was seen as being contemptuous of critics while capable of getting things done.

Elected as prime minister in 2001, by mid-2005 he had directed a unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, which ended a 38-year-long military control of the territory.

He later bolted from his hard-line Likud Party and established the centrist Kadima Party.

It seemed he was on his way to an easy re-election when he suffered the stroke in January 2006.

Sharon’s long coma and critical health state made a good case for conspiracy theories.

Already a few years ago, Biblesearchers asked: “(…) Could it be that they keep Ariel Sharon in a coma to avoid the return of the Messiah ???”

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Five Donkeys Rescued After Almost Being Frozen In Village Of Karlik, Turkey

The unusual cold in the Eastern Mediterranean area gave a hard time to both, humans and animals. Five stray donkeys in the Turkish village of Karlik were rescued after being almost frozen. Sources* say that the animals were brought to nearby stables by a group of villagers who also gave them medical treatment.

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Historic Snow Fall Turns Holy Land Into The Scenes We See In Christmas Cards With First Flakes For 100 Years

Snow falls across much of the Middle East as worst blizzard in 60 years hits the region
Police block roads into and out of ancient holy city
Snowstorm Alexa brings Egypt’s main Mediterranean ports to a standstill
Temperatures plummet below freezing across Syria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon
Concern mounts for plight of two million refugees fleeing Syrian civil war

By TOM GARDNER

PUBLISHED: 16:19 GMT, 13 December 2013
UPDATED: 20:38 GMT, 13 December 2013

It’s a festive scene that’s adorned countless Christmas cards… and, for once, the Holy Land actually became a snow covered winter scene.
The ancient city of Jerusalem, which normally basks in fierce heat, was dusted with a light covering of snow during a freak blizzard.
And snow fell on the streets of Egypt for the first time in 112 years as one of the worst winter storms to hit the Middle East in living memory set in.
The rare sight of pristine white precipitation greeted stunned residents of Cairo this morning who took to social media to express their shock at the unsettling weather in the usually sweltering capital.

20131213-235610.jpg Icy blast: The Western Wall compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, today was covered with snow as temperatures plunge below zero

20131213-235712.jpg Frozen: Palestinian worshipers walk near the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem following a snowstorm

20131213-235811.jpg Festive: Jerusalem’s Old City following a snowstorm, seen from the Mount of Olives, today

The blizzard, which has been named Alexa, forced Jerusalem into lockdown today after more than 50cm of snow was dumped on the region.
The unusual weather system brought travel chaos and disruption to much of the region.
People had to abandon their cars and seek emergency shelter as the snowstorm brought transport to a standstill.
Police set up roadblocks on routes in and out of the ancient city.
Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv was shut earlier this morning and Egypt’s main ports on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea remained closed for the third straight day due to bad weather.

20131214-000132.jpg Devotion: Amid the snow and icy temperatures, a Palestinian worshipper gets ready to pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City

20131214-000307.jpg Snow fun: Young Palestinians throw snowballs at the Jaffa Gate at the Old City of Jerusalem, after the worst blizzards in 60 years swept across the region

20131214-000407.jpg Cold blast: A Palestinian man rides his horse in the snow after heavy storms continued throughout Israel on Friday, causing traffic disruptions and power outages across the country

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Playtime: A Palestinian child plays in the snow brought by the unusually severe blizzard, dubbed Alexa

Rare snow also fell in Cairo’s suburbs, the port city of Alexandria and a blanket of white covered St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai.

The cold weather was part of a storm, dubbed Alexa, which has been pounding much of Lebanon and parts of northern Syria since Wednesday, pushing temperatures below zero and dumping snow and heavy rains.

The snow has heaped another layer of misery on the already grim existence of many of the more than two million Syrians who have fled the civil war raging in their homeland.



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Shock: Stunned Egyptians woke up this morning to find snow on the streets for the first time in more than a century these pictures show Madinaty, 40kms east of Cairo

20131214-000809.jpg Chaotic: Vehicles are seen stranded in snow in Jerusalem after transport links ground to a halt due to heavy snow

20131214-000909.jpg Worship: An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays at the the snow-covered compound of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem today

 

The weather even featured in talks between visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said he was briefed on the emergency measures.

Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator, said the snow made him feel ‘at home’.

“I have heard of making guests welcome and feeling at home. This is about as far as I’ve ever seen anything go… giving me a New England snowstorm,’ Kerry said as he viewed a snow-covered Old City of Jerusalem with Netanyahu.

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20131214-001202.jpg Cold comfort: A woman swims in the pool at the David Citadel Hotel during a snow storm in Jerusalem today

20131214-001322.jpg Beast of burden: Ice covered stray donkeys stand outside in cold weather in Karlik village of Karacadag region located in Siverek district of Turkey’s Sanliurfa province in Southeastern Anatolia region

In the West Bank and Gaza, U.N. relief teams offered emergency services to the worst-hit communities.
In Gaza, which was experiencing its first snow in a decade, more than 500 people were evacuated from their homes, according to Hamas spokesman Ihab Ghussein.
Egypt’s state MENA news agency said the country’s two Mediterranean ports near the city of Alexandria and two ports on the Red Sea remained closed for the third day Friday.
The report quoted the head of the Alexandria port authority, Adel Yassin Hammad, as saying the decision was taken to avoid possible accidents in the ports.

20131214-001421.jpg Egyptian young people build what could quite possibly be their first ever snowman in Cairo

20131214-001547.jpg Worship: The severe snowstorm did not prevent the most devout from praying outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem

Published originally on: Dailymail online

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