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He is the contemporary face of one of the world's longest standing controversies. As the eleventh prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon's political leadership has been the source of severely divisive criticism - both at home and abroad.
As one of the architects of Israel's West Bank settlement policy, Sharon continuously walks a political tightrope, trying to maintain Israeli security, while simultaneously offering Palestinians limited self-determination. A great military commander who scored impressive victories in the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars, Sharon blundered in the '80s as the mastermind of the disastrous Lebanon invasion.
Join BiographyÂ® for this evocative and comprehensive portrait of a man whose turbulent life and career have often echoed the deep unrest that has plagued his homeland for centuries.