Photo above is of the young Sharon. Posted by “Israeli apartheid” on Facebook, a remembrance by Israeli satirist and columnist (Haaretz) Kobi Niv:
[Ariel Sharon memories]
I was a sergeant first class, approaching the end of my military service, as a guide in a mortar officers course. In a series of vehicle navigation, we were driving on a road between Nablus and Tubas or something. An Arab vendor passed by with ice cream, homey stuff, in a jug, like the milk of the old days. The trainees asked that we stop and buy ice cream from him, and I yielded. Suddenly a military Lark car pulled up, and the the head of a general protruded from the passenger seat, the head of the [IDF] Training Department, Ariel Sharon. He asked who was the commander, and I had to report to him, fearing and trembling. Then he said to me the following sentence, with a deep and wide political vision (it’s not for nothing that he later became defense minister and prime minister). And this was etched (as you can see – forever) in my mind: “You buy from Arabs. For this they piss on you.” He took my details and drove away, and I was sure I was going to jail, but it turned out there was no law prohibiting purchasing from Arabs, which of course was immediately amended, but I was spared. And here I am, to tell all about it. A personal testimony, and all is real and so it was.