2000 Visit to the Temple Mount

Camp David, 11 July 2000 – Israeli and Palestinian delegations meet to hold peace talks under American sponsorship. Israeli Prime Minsiter, Ehud Barak, tells US President, Bill Clinton, his starting position: Jerusalem would never be shared. Palestinian Chairman, Yasser Arafat, demands half Jerusalem as his capital and Palestinian sovereignty over what the Muslims know as the Haram al-Sharif, which is the Jews’ Temple Mount. The Americans draft an agreement and first present it to Barak. The draft appears to allow the Palestinians also to have their capital in Jerusalem. Barak angrily rejects it, so an amendment is added to the…

1982 The Lebanon War

Terrorist activity from Lebanon against the northern Israel region makes life there unbearable. A short while after the Likud forms a coalition, the new government orders the Israeli Air Force to strike terrorists targets in the heart of Beirut. Dozens of civilians are hit in the raid. On July 1981 US mediator Philip Habib achieves a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Although the cease fire is kept, Ariel Sharon orders IDF’s General Headquarters to prepare Operation Oranim, with the following objectives: To prevent terrorists from shelling the northern region of Israel To destroy the terrorists’…

1953 Retribution Acts (Pe’ulot Tagmul)

On 1950 Ariel Sharon is trained as a regiment commander and later becomes chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command. Sharon is frustrated by the weakness and helplessness of Israel in the face of Arab incursions in Israeli communities. At that time, Moshe Dayan is appointed Head of the Northern Command and asks Sharon to look into the possibility of abducting two Jordanian Legion soldiers in response to the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers. Sharon does not waist time. He acts that same night. He goes with another soldier, Shlomo Gruber, to Sheikh Hussein Bridge, which is over the Jordan…

1973 October War (Yom Kippur War)

Friday, October 5, 1973, Yom Kippur eve – IDF is on high alert as a result of army movements in Syria and Egypt. Ariel Sharon is appointed commander of a reserve division in the Southern Command. He arrives to the headquarters of the Southern Command to be briefed and then returns to his home. Head of IDF intelligence is saying, even at this stage, that the likelihood of war is low. Saturday, Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973 – On 09:30 Sharon’s division headquarters receives orders to immediately begin reserve mobilization, as the Chief of Staff is now saying that Syria…