Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s condition has deteriorated, according to his doctors, who affirmed his worsening condition on Wednesday. Sharon has been comatose since having a massive stroke in 2006. Channel 10 TV said Sharon was suffering from kidney problems. A family member told Haaretz that if Sharon does not improve “it will be a matter of days.”
Sharon, 85, was a brilliant general, and often called one of the greatest general and strategists in Israeli history. His exploits in the assault on the Sinai in 1967 and his direction of the attacks that surrounded the Egyptian Third Army after the surprise attack against Israel in the Yom Kippur War earned him the nicknames “The King of Israel” and “The Lion of God.”
Although Sharon was aggressively supportive of the expansion of Israeli settlements in the two decades after the Yom Kippur war, he then enraged his Likud supporters by supporting the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza as prime minister in 2004-2005. This prompted him to leave and form the Kadima Party, which he headed until his 2006 stroke. There were rumors that if he had stayed in power, he would have orchestrated an Israeli withdrawal from much of Judea and Samaria.