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Poor showing among heads of state for the lonely funeral of Ariel Sharon

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The coffin of Ariel Sharon leaving the Knesset in a humble exit after a state memorial,  13 January 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

The coffin of Ariel Sharon leaving the Knesset in a humble exit after a state memorial, 13 January 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. Or in the case of Ariel Sharon who passed over the weekend at 85, they are strapped in a vegetative state for eight years and then put to rest after a lonely funeral. The late Israeli Prime Minister was eulogized in a service at the Knesset in Jerusalem earlier today and the turnout was low. There was no scramble for foreign dignitaries to board planes and travel hundreds or thousands of miles like they did for Nelson Mandela weeks ago. No one showed up from Africa or Latin America, and Vice President Joe Biden was the only international representative to give an address.

The Israeli public who came out by the hundreds of thousands last October for the passing of Ovadia Yosef, chief Sephardic rabbi, also did not show up in droves. Just one day before Sharon’s body was on display for visitors. Jerusalem streets were blocked off, free shuttle buses were ordered, port-a-pots were rented. But the masses did not come for the faded one. After all Sharon was a man that won wars, but also a man who brought Israel decades of wars.

Heading up the American delegation to memorialize Sharon, Vice President Biden used the opportunity to reaffirm unbending U.S support to Israel; “We have made the case for Israel around the world,” he said, continuing, “We have never failed to defend Israel’s legitimacy.” Biden then closed his remarks by stressing, “the bond with the U.S. will never, ever be broken.”

Biden did praise Sharon for personal character. He mentioned his “political courage” and “physical courage,” which the former prime minister and minister of defense used “to lead men straight into enemy lines and behind them,” but Biden was careful to not mention any military feat by any specifics. He quickly U-turned to Sharon’s love of the Jewish people, by quoting James Joyce and William Shakespeare. Biden conveyed the sanitized point that Sharon was committed to the “survival of the state of Israel and the Jewish people, wherever they resided.”

“Prime Minister Sharon was a complex man,” said Biden. “Since he passed away in the days ahead there will be much written about him.”

Perhaps because of recent U.S.-Israeli scuttles over diplomacy versus the threat of military strike on Iran and Syria, or perhaps because Sharon presided over numerous raids on Palestinian villages including the massacre at Sabra and Shatilla in Southern Lebanon, or perhaps because Sharon oversaw the conquest of Egypt’s Sinai, or perhaps because Sharon was the architect of settlements designed to land grab the Northern West Bank, or perhaps because he ordered the import of thousands of settlers in the Gaza Strip—and their withdraw—the particular achievements of this lone soldier’s military career were left unmentioned at today’s ceremony.

Had he had the opportunity to live longer, Biden suggested Sharon would have eventually made a play for a more dovish approach to regional politics. Biden then quoted Sharon, who he said lamented late in life, “I have one thing I would like to do, try and reach peace.” But Biden said Sharon was not able to take this last venture, because after a lifetime career in the Israeli military and government he fell into a coma in 2006.

To Palestinians, Sharon is a reminder of the occupation and all of its daily torments. Sharon was prime minister during the turbulent years of 2001-2006 and his name is synonymous with a monster that ruined one’s childhood. My taxi driver on the way to the funeral is from Jenin. Sharon is the agony that demolished a football field sized urban area of the city’s refugee camp. Sharon is the man who marched on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound declaring, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.” He and his 1,000-armed guard entourage are considered the starting point of the second uprising.

In the first year of the second intifada 275 Palestinians were killed, including 13 Israeli citizens who were gunned down during a demonstration in October 2000. Later when the Or Commission, a government review of the events that led up to the protesters’ deaths, determined the police had orders to use live-fire, mimicking the border police’s protest suppression in the West Bank at the same time, Sharon was viewed as the man whose reign showed that Israeli-Arabs will always be seen by the state as Arabs first, Israeli citizens second.

Even within his own party, Likud, Sharon is a bit of tainted entity. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regaled him for his military stewardship during today’s state funeral, but slighted him as a statesman. “I did not always agree with Arik, nor did he always agree with me,” said Netanyahu.

And so after the speeches concluded with the Knesset ceremony ending about 30 minutes early, Sharon’s coffin was motored away with little fanfare. He then went to a military ceremony in Laturn, and finally the elder Israeli figure was put in a burial plot alongside his wife Lily in Sycamore Ranch in the Negev.

The coffin of Ariel Sharon, after a Knesset memorial,  13 January 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

The coffin of Ariel Sharon, after a Knesset memorial, 13 January 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

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  1. Taxi on January 13, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Here’s some quotes from the “poor” showing:

    “The man had a command and presence. He filled the room … he was indomitable … Like all historic leaders, all real leaders, he had a north star that guided him. A north star from which he never, in my observation, never deviated. His north star was the survival of the State of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they resided.” — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

    “Arik was a man of actions, pragmatic, and his pragmatism was rooted in deep emotion, deep emotion for the country and deep emotion for the Jewish people.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “You were the shoulder on which Israel’s security rested. The story of your life is bound to the story of this country. And your life was dedicated to the life of this country. Your footprints are imprinted on every hill and in every valley. You cultivated the land with your scythe and defended it with your sword.” — Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    “The idea that he changed from the man of war to the man of peace misses that which defined him. Actually, he never changed. His strategic objective never wavered. The state which from the age of 14, he fought to bring into being, had to be protected for future generations. When that meant fighting, he fought. When that meant making peace, he sought peace. And the same iron determination he took to the field of war he took to the chamber of diplomacy. Bold. Unorthodox. Unyielding.” — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    “I had a big privilege to work for years alongside you, a hero of Israel, to build our country … Because of that background, your disengagement from the path we walked together during your last two years in office was difficult and painful.” — old friend and comrade-in-arms, Zeev Chever, also known as Zambish, on Sharon’s decision to pull out Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.

    “Don’t hold your breath, nothing memorable will be said at Sharon’s funeral” – Taxi.

    • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 12:39 pm

      “His north star was the survival of the State of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they resided.”

      You can say that about Western allies who win wars. But outsiders who lose them go to the Hague. Milosevic was also “a man of actions, pragmatic, and his pragmatism was rooted in deep emotion, deep emotion for the country and deep emotion for the Serbian people” He was also “bold. Unorthodox. Unyielding “. But he lost.

      Blair is such a miserable turd.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 13, 2014, 1:01 pm

        If there was still anyone blind enough to think that Blair should be anywhere near the role of ‘Middle East Peace Envoy’, surely Blair’s sickening fawning over the Butcher of Beirut should shatter any remaining illusions. As far as I recall, there was no official British representation at Arafat’s funeral at all. So why is it OK for someone who’s supposed to be a ‘mediator’ to eulogise a man accused of war crimes and utterly despised by everyone in the region, outside of Israel?

      • Susan A on January 14, 2014, 4:23 pm

        seafoid, I couldn’t agree more! Not at all surprised that that warmongering sycophant was there either.

    • ziusudra on January 13, 2014, 1:02 pm

      Greetings taxi,
      Great prose can be uttered about anyone, especially if they have the same Agenda. VP Biden’s writers prosified these tidbits for the (8 yr. old) executioner on de slab!
      Don’t tell me that wax Zombie Peres wrote his own chutzpah?
      Did they play the Exodus Ditty?
      PS Goebbels gave us some memorable moments of Nazi Giants fading away into Walhalla!

    • LanceThruster on January 13, 2014, 1:48 pm

      He loved dogs.

      • Taxi on January 13, 2014, 1:53 pm

        And Hitler loved his pet lobster.

      • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 2:34 pm

        Hitler loved to eat Kaiserschmarrn and he was a wonderful neighbour.

      • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 3:06 pm

        Genghis Khan overcame shyness and a stammer to become a boy scout leader.

      • Susan A on January 14, 2014, 4:25 pm

        And George Bush junior loved his dog Barney!

    • eGuard on January 13, 2014, 3:49 pm

      Wow. So Tony Blair is praising him for enrolling the Hagana terrorism before 1948 against … Britain.

  2. MahaneYehude1 on January 13, 2014, 12:40 pm

    OK, Sharon had a “lonely funeral”. Will this end the Sharon festival in MondoWeiss?

    • eGuard on January 13, 2014, 3:51 pm

      MahaneYehude1: Will this end the Sharon festival in MondoWeiss?

      Exactly what is too much for you?

    • Woody Tanaka on January 13, 2014, 4:41 pm

      “Will this end the Sharon festival in MondoWeiss?”

      Why would it? The world still talk about evil men like Stalin and Hitler and they’ve been dead for longer than this evil man.

    • Daniel Rich on January 13, 2014, 5:04 pm


      I’ve written an opera, ‘Sharondämmerung’ in his name. It’s about an empty lake with barbed wire around it and a fat toad that can’t get out. It’s pretty boring, but gets horrifically bloody toward the end though… PG33+

      • MahaneYehude1 on January 14, 2014, 12:23 am

        @Daniel Rich:

        I’ve written an opera,…. It’s pretty boring,….

        إن نسيتك يا أورشليم، تنسى يميني
        ليلتصق لساني بحنكي إن لم أذكرك
        إن لم أفضل أورشليم على أعظم فرحي

        If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.

        אם אשכחך ירושלם, תשכח ימיני
        תדבק לשוני לחכי אם לא אזכרכי
        אם לא אעלה את ירושלים על ראש שמחתי

  3. MHughes976 on January 13, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Actually I will find it hard to forget some of these horrible words, now you quote them, Taxi. Blair’s especially: I voted for him, after all.

  4. Taxi on January 13, 2014, 1:28 pm

    So Elton John and his entourage didn’t go?
    Aaaaaw what a big fat shame!

    Truth be told, I woulda love to have been there: seeing all them sad zio faces would have moved me… to chuckle heaven.

    Another truth be told: zionism is a form of a self-inflicted coma. A kind of a morality shutdown.

    • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 2:36 pm

      Goodbye Israel’s fatso
      The coma burned out long before the YESHA liabilities ever did.

      • Taxi on January 13, 2014, 2:55 pm

        LOL seafoid, you’re on good riffing form – as per usual, it’s not unusual.

      • Susan A on January 14, 2014, 4:36 pm

        Not so bad yourself Taxi :) I love the self-inflicted coma/morality shutdown bit. I often think that there are three kinds of political, statist Zionists, though this is perhaps a gross generalisation: those who are genuinely ignorant of the facts, those who are in deep denial (self-inflicted coma) and those who are simply not very nice people.

      • Walid on January 13, 2014, 3:40 pm

        He was such a hero for Israel that he was moved around on his last voyage in a lowly army truck. I would have thought, he’d at least get the gun carriage routine. Maybe Israel didn’t have one. All those Apaches, F16s, drones, submarines, but no gun carriages for big events. They could have borrowed one.

      • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 4:23 pm

        Maybe the Americans will call their next warplane the Palestinian.

  5. hophmi on January 13, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Wow, Mondoweiss sure is covering this story. Apparently, the road to justice for the Palestinians is like 15 posts devoted to a guy who has been a vegetable for eight years.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 13, 2014, 2:02 pm

      A vegetable for 8 years, and a war criminal for 50.

      With the enthusiastic approval of the Israel public and political class, and their shills in Western countries.

    • Walid on January 13, 2014, 3:44 pm

      Wait for a few more days, hophmi, people are being polite about the recently deceased. You’ll be hearing very loudly from the world’s press and it won’t make Israel look nice at all.

    • talknic on January 14, 2014, 6:04 am

      hophmi “Apparently, the road to justice for the Palestinians is like 15 posts devoted to a guy who has been a vegetable for eight years”

      LOL Apologists for Israel still drip with hatred and lies over Haj Amin al-Husseini & Arafat.

  6. seafoid on January 13, 2014, 1:32 pm

    “The bond with Israel will never, ever be broken” . Sure it won’t. If they can roll back social security they can do something about Jewish “entitlements”.

  7. seafoid on January 13, 2014, 1:45 pm

    The Guardian quoted Bibi. Sharon brought 2 approaches to the war on terrsm. Initiation and retaliation. That’s quite a way from turning the other cheek. Arik wasn’t just a murderous Likudnik. He is now the patron saint of Sderot bedwetting. And will make an excellent bogeyman.

  8. Taxi on January 13, 2014, 1:51 pm

    The only good thing I can say about Sharon is that his corpse looked better than Golda Meir did in her prime.

    • puppies on January 13, 2014, 10:41 pm

      Bingo. How we wish the Wicked Witch were awake to hear you!

  9. Balfour on January 13, 2014, 2:36 pm

    From the panarabiaenquirer (the Arab Onion):

    Sharon Gravesite to Displace 15,000 Palestinians

    TEL AVIV: Following the death of former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon – who has been in a coma since 2006 – plans for the 85-year-old’s state funeral have now been released.

    According to arrangements made by the Israeli government, Sharon’s burial plot is set to displace over 15,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank. The plot, located on the outskirts of Hebron, will take over land lived and farmed by Arabs for at least four centuries and will be surrounded by a five-metre tall concrete wall with armed sentry posts on each corner. It will also be connected to Israel by a four-lane commemorative highway.

    “It’s what he would have wanted,” said a source.

  10. dimadok on January 13, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Where were the heads of US,UK and other Western countries when Arafat was buried?
    Foreign ministers were enough for that.
    Here man on statue, laying in coma for the last 8 years, still draws ire. What a man, what a small people here!

    • Kathleen on January 13, 2014, 6:52 pm

      Oh I know people concerned about innocent people’s lives are so annoying to you.

      If Sharon had really been concerned about the State of Israel based on the internationally recognized border he would have not opened up illegal settlement building full on.

    • Dutch on January 13, 2014, 11:07 pm

      “Where were the heads of US,UK and other Western countries when Arafat was buried?”

      Celebrating with the Israeli’? Snoring polonium? Planning the next killing? I mean — where were they?

    • talknic on January 14, 2014, 5:48 am

      @dimadok “Where were the heads of US,UK and other Western countries when Arafat was buried?”

      Israel would have had a collective heart attack!!

      “Foreign ministers were enough for that.”

      WTF do you think Biden is?

      BTW there was no room for mealy mouthed hypocrites at Arafat’s funeral.

  11. Walid on January 13, 2014, 2:48 pm

    “… numerous raids on Palestinian villages including the massacre at Sabra and Shatilla in Southern Lebanon,”

    Allison, thanks for the great reporting; a minor geographical correction about Sabra and Shatila camps that are in Beirut, not in Southern Lebanon. A second point is the diversion about Sabra and Shatila that everyone keeps falling for in that the massacres committed in the camps represented less than 10% of the overall massacres committed by Israel by its devastating bombing of the city of Beirut in which 20,000 civilians died and over 30,0000 seriously injured. Israel redirected the world’s attention to the massacres at Sabra and Shatila as a diversion from the much more numerous atrocities committed by Israel during the same time period. A Canadian surgeon’s testimony to the US Congress: “the total devastation of residential areas and the blind, savage, indiscriminate destruction of refugee camps by simultaneous shelling and carpet bombing from aircraft, gunboats, tanks and artillery,” leaving only “large blackened craters filled with rubble and debris, broken concrete slabs and twisted iron bars and corpses”.

  12. Kathleen on January 13, 2014, 3:04 pm

    ” No one showed up from Africa or Latin America, and Vice President Joe Biden was the only international representative to give an address.” Telling

  13. Whizdom on January 13, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I wish we had just sent Jimmy Carter.

    • Kathleen on January 13, 2014, 6:53 pm

      He might have said no. Carter is clearly pissed about what has been taking place in the West Bank…that Sharon had a huge hand in

  14. Taxi on January 13, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Sharon should have been buried in the sewers of Beirut.

  15. Krauss on January 13, 2014, 4:46 pm

    This is a rather weak article. How can anyone compare to Mandela?

    Imagine if Jean-Luc Dehaene died tomorrow(bonus points if you know who he is without googling!), would he have gotten a massive, Mandela-esque funeral?

    Sharon has to be understood within the Jewish nationalist context. And yet people like Blair were there.
    Sharon got a funeral attendance better than one would have expected considering the tight deadline and the fact that he was out of office for almost 10 years when he died, plus the fact that he was the PM of a nation with a population smaller than Belgium.

    I used Jean-Luc Dehaene as an example, because he was in office during the same amount of time, and the country is similar in size.

    Yet while he is still alive, I highly doubt that Blair would have rushed to his funeral or Obama rushing to praise him on the eve of his death or the NYT running article after article on his influence, or the New Yorker doing running a bunch of articles.

    I get the urge to condemn him but this is just silly, I’m sorry.
    The man should be criticized on substance and attacking his funeral service is a sign of moral miasma and frankly sheer intellectual lazyness.

    • yrn on January 13, 2014, 5:52 pm


      When you have nothing to say, but you have this obsession to take out your routine canard, that’s the outcome silly and pathetic.
      enough to allow taxi & co. to take out their daily spew out.
      most of the articles here are from the same kitchen.

    • puppies on January 13, 2014, 10:36 pm

      “Sharon has to be understood within the Jewish nationalist context. And yet people like Blair were there.”

      What do you mean by “and yet”? Can you get me anyone more rabidly Jewish nationalist than Blair?
      At any rate, he’s more passionate about the Zionist crimes than your run of the mill Yrn, Obsidian and other hasbaratchiks.

  16. Daniel Rich on January 13, 2014, 4:55 pm

    1) “We have made the casket case for Israel around the world.”

    2) “We have never failed to defend Israel’s legacy legitimacy.”

    3) “The bond with the U.S. will never, ever be bought broken.”

    Has what to do with Sharon’s death?

  17. DICKERSON3870 on January 13, 2014, 5:35 pm

    RE: “Had he had the opportunity to live longer, Biden suggested Sharon would have eventually made a play for a more dovish approach to regional politics. ~ Deger

    MY COMMENT: Sure Joe, whatever you say.

    SEE: “New Israeli Government Will Support Settlements”, By Geoffrey Aronson, Al-Monitor, 4/05/13

    . . . It is not for nothing that it has long been said that “the Likud will announce 10 settlements and build one while the Labor Party will announce one and build 10.” Leaders from the heart of the Labor Zionist movement — the same one that transformed 78% of Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state — were the principal architects of Israel’s post-1967 settlement policies in the occupied territories and employed all the instruments of Israel’s national power and authority to place the territorial future of the “liberated territories” beyond Palestinian reach.
    Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, and Ariel Sharon epitomized the leadership of this national effort. They were unabashed supporters of Greater Israel. Recently released protocols of discussions held between US President Jimmy Carter and an Israeli delegation led by PM Menachem Begin in March 1979 recorded Sharon telling Carter, “I don’t see any possibility whatsoever to draw any geographical line which can divide [the] Jewish population and Arab population, because we live here together. Believe me, Mr. President, when I use this figure of one million, saying that in 20 to 30 years I hope that one million Jews will live there, Mr. President, I can assure you, they will live there. There’s nothing to do about it. They will live there, and if we said that we believe that in Jerusalem, what we call the Greater Jerusalem, it is a crucial problem for us, to have one million Jews, they will live there, and they will live in what we call the area of Gush Etzion, in Tekoa, in Ma’ale Adumim. They will live there. There is nothing [you can] do about it.” . . .


  18. OlegR on January 13, 2014, 6:21 pm

    I am pretty sure Ariel Sharon wouldn’t give flying f#$k whether all those foreign dignitaries would or would not come to his funeral
    His only concern was Israel not some sort of world recognition.

    • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 11:19 pm

      Ariel Sharon’s brain was down to the reptilian part as the coma entered its last days . Some experts claim his whole brain was reptilian.
      Anyway even reptiles understand that ASA BDS decision. I think that’s what killed him. He didn’t give a flying F16 about his funeral but BDS is different.

  19. wondering jew on January 13, 2014, 7:27 pm

    “Sharon oversaw the conquest of Egypt’s Sinai”. Although Sharon was involved in some key battles in Sinai or near Sinai in 56, 67 and 73, I doubt any reliable historian would characterize any of these as “Sharon oversaw the conquest of Egypt’s Sinai”.

  20. wondering jew on January 13, 2014, 7:36 pm

    Sharon was a controversial figure and he was in a coma for 8 years. These combine for the subdued turnout for his funeral. Any comparisons to Ovadia Yosef’s funeral, who was a leader of the Sephardic community unparalleled in hundreds of years, and who was respected by Jerusalem’s large ultra Orthodox and even modern Orthodox communities, is based upon false expectations and negligible understanding of Jerusalem’s population and the Israeli Jewish community.

    If Sharon had died 8 years ago when his disappearance led to the feeling of a missing father, the funeral would have been massive. 8 years is a long time and the immediacy of the loss is not there and he has become a part of history long before the funeral and thus no surprise that the funeral was not a major attraction/draw of Israeli Jewish citizens.

    • Citizen on January 13, 2014, 8:53 pm

      And so his hearse was properly an old quarter-ton IDF truck, maybe rerouted from delivering potatoes to the local mess hall.

      • seafoid on January 13, 2014, 10:37 pm

        I believe it was the IDF truck that delivers the potatoes from the Jordan Valley settlements to Mahane Yehuda’s stall, actually. It is a very special truck.

      • Dutch on January 13, 2014, 11:17 pm

        It’s the Prawer truck, I’m afraid, normally used to ship ‘m out, but now to ship one in.

      • MahaneYehude1 on January 14, 2014, 12:01 am


        While many of my, and I believe other Israel supporters, comments are deleted, I don’t understand why your BS comments, no matter their content, are published. It says a lot about this site and I fill sorry for that.

      • seafoid on January 14, 2014, 1:03 pm


        you need to spend some time in Galut

        1. You’d understand irony , sarcasm and anglo humour
        2 You’d see why hasbara is deader than Golda

      • Citizen on January 14, 2014, 12:04 am

        @ seafoid

      • bintbiba on January 14, 2014, 4:45 am

        @seafoid… :-)

    • Kathleen on January 13, 2014, 11:51 pm

      Look I actually have felt sad for the man. He loved his people, his created country. But when you brutally kill and displace millions of people in the process of loving “your people” does not look like such a good person. At all.

      At a meeting tonight I asked why and who kept him alive in this vegetative state for so long? Cruel in so many ways. A few folks started talking about one of his sons being up for some criminal offense and that by keeping Ariel Sharon alive it delayed criminal action against the son. Who knows anything about this claim?

      • Ellen on January 14, 2014, 5:00 am

        Kathleen, after his surgery he was put into a medically induced coma. This is done to completely stabilize a patient. But he never came out of that induced coma. I still do not understand why it is said he fell into a coma. He was put there by his treating physicians.

        I imagine the risk of him not coming out for a man of his age and condition was very high, but one to take all considered.

        Why the family did not pull the plug for their proud father? We are not them and can’t judge. (we’ve had this discussion in our family of what to do if such a terrible fate falls one of us)

        But yes, as I remember there are a number of charges against his son. I forget exactly for what. Crooked deals with others in power? Not unusual charges in Israeli political circles.

        Criminal charges against the son and the condition of the father have nothing tondo with each other. But this was the Sharons and maybe the defense advised that a prosecutors’ standing would be weak in the courts and public opinion as long as the family was kept relevant with their father’s suffering. And delays of any kind work for a defense.

        This is only speculation. We will probably never know.

      • Kathleen on January 14, 2014, 10:17 am

        The comments made tonight about his son’s criminal behavior being somehow connected to why Sharon was being kept alive were confusing.

        On the judgment, opinion part..that is what Mondoweiss is mostly about. As well as stating facts. On the other hand would be very tough if a family member were in such a state.

  21. piotr on January 13, 2014, 8:35 pm

    timesofisrael: In addition to Biden and Blair, the prime minister of the Czech Republic, and foreign ministers of Australia and Germany were among those in attendance at Monday’s Knesset ceremony. Even Egypt, the first Arab country to make peace with Israel, sent a low-level diplomat, its embassy said.

    Frankly, to most of the world (i.e. outside USA) Sharon was just another former prime minister. And a “complex man” — show me a nice person remembered as “complex”. I am even wondering if American Jewish organizations will be peeved about that “complex man” speech as insufficiently polite.

    • Citizen on January 13, 2014, 8:54 pm

      I wonder who else was in the Beiden delegation? Surely some AIPAC prostitutes from Congress?

      OK, I got the info from Fox News:

      U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro; Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; and Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel.

      • Walid on January 14, 2014, 12:11 am

        Canada that has great love for Israel sent the Immigration Minister. His casket is high enough to contain 2 other bodies. I wonder what he’s taking with him.

  22. thankgodimatheist on January 13, 2014, 9:22 pm

    Israelis didn’t show en mass to Sharon’s funerals because they see him as someone on the far left. He, “sadly” “withdrew” from Gaza and dismantled the settlements. Unforgivable.

  23. thankgodimatheist on January 13, 2014, 9:29 pm

    Sharon was too much on the “left” for many Israelis. They cannot forgive him the “withdrawal” from Gaza and the dismantlement of the settlements.

  24. just on January 13, 2014, 9:49 pm

    Watched part of it this a.m.

    Pitiful and wretched really– not that I thought he deserved much at all. I heard 2 speakers refer to him as a “father” figure……….and then I felt nauseated and turned it off. Not a great way to start any day.

    Oh well. Hope his real kids don’t turn out the same way.

  25. crypticvalentin on January 13, 2014, 10:30 pm

    mostly white men showed up for Sharon’s funeral, and NONE from Latin America or Africa..supposedly a low-level Egyptian diplomat was there, quietly..

    • just on January 13, 2014, 11:06 pm

      I did not see any women, either.

      • Citizen on January 14, 2014, 12:04 am

        @ just
        Wasserman-Schultz, Debbie–she was there.

      • Sumud on January 14, 2014, 11:38 am

        Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop was there. She claims to be a woman.

    • Walid on January 14, 2014, 3:46 am

      “NONE from Latin America or Africa..”

      Africans are of the wrong colour and on the “do not let enter” list. They would have been turned back or thrown in jail.

  26. puppies on January 13, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Breaking News:
    Hebrew Franks (“Answering to a Higher AuthorityTM” ), Sabra, Nathan, Shofar and others to sue the Sharon estate under the food libel laws for ruining the reputation of hot dogs.

  27. Kathleen on January 13, 2014, 11:56 pm

    From a friend. Satire Alert!

    Ariel Sharon’s burial plot set to displace 15,000 Palestinians

    “It’s what he would have wanted”

  28. Citizen on January 14, 2014, 12:30 am

    Here’s a list of dignitaries who attended Arafat’s funeral:

  29. Taxi on January 14, 2014, 2:02 am

    Sharon arrives at the Pearly Gates in a bulldozer, smashing straight through the Pearly Gates and lightly injuring a mortified Gabriel. Abruptly, the bulldozer is stopped by the sudden appearance of the Toe of God. Sharon looks up, a little winded. God looks over Sharon’s shoulder and heals Gabriel with his baptismal gaze. Then God looks down at Sharon, noting he’s armed to the teeth and looking like an obese and grey-haired Rambo.

    Sharon: Hello God.
    God: Goodbye Sharon.
    Sharon: But wait: I’m jewish, you’re jewish, the universe is jewish–

    God, not known for wasting time, pulls his immensely bright lever of light and Sharon, wingless, sitting in his bulldozer, falls instantly down the darkest pit in space, holding tight to the steering wheel, screaming, yelling, begging, pleading, sobbing, breathless, coughing, vomiting, choking, desperate, falling-falling-falling, uttering his last words: “Oh f*ck – I think God is Palestinian”.

    • Citizen on January 14, 2014, 2:43 am

      Sharon: Hello G-d.
      God: Hi
      Sharon: So now what? Which way should I go?
      God (Pointing): Your over at that table.
      Sharon (Looking there): Really?
      God: Yeah, I do my best to match.
      Sharon: But that’s Hitler over there! And Stalin! They’re anti-semites!
      God: Yep. But Pol Pot’s not. Mao’s there too.You’ll find lots of good fellows at your table, all of ’em on your wave length, as you humans say.

    • Walid on January 14, 2014, 3:42 am

      That was very funny, Taxi.

    • Mondowise on January 14, 2014, 5:42 am

      LOL!!! Taxi, seriously, this should be published all over the internet…ultra mucho hilarious!

  30. Mondowise on January 14, 2014, 5:26 am

    i’d guess more flies than diplomats showed up…

  31. talknic on January 14, 2014, 6:46 am

    Knock, knock.
    “Who’s there”
    “Ariel who?”
    “I can’t see no Sharon on th’ list! Are you at the right gates?”
    “Look under brilliant military strategist. Ariel, Ariel Sharon.”
    “Nope. Had a Scheinermann.”
    “That’s it. Under brilliant military strategist!”
    “Uh? Nope.”
    “Under world leader?”
    “LOL Nope.”
    “Under warrior?”
    “Nope. Over weight!”
    “Is that a crime? Lemme in!”
    “Say please, please. See, even I say please.”
    “Wait a minute, what did you mean ‘had a Scheinermann’?”
    “I crossed it out!”
    “Crossed it out! Why?”
    “Arafat asked me to?”
    “^&^%$#$#@#$*& Arafat?”
    “Yes. He said please!”

  32. THOMASWADAMS on January 14, 2014, 7:48 pm

    It matters not, to me, what religion law breakers profess to follow; oppression, apartheid, occupation, theft of land, destruction of property, denial of Human Rights, murder, all of these are criminal acts deserving International sanction and punishment.
    Religion is irrelevant; these criminal acts originate in the decisions and actions of the Israeli and American Governments.
    World opinion is near unanimous on this point; Israel and the U.S.A. is criminally culpable in the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Peoples from the land which is their birthright. I call upon members of the United Nations Security Council together with The General Assembly, to re-affirm the many past resolutions condemning Israel, and to institute lawful effective procedures, by force if necessary, to remove all settlers from land internationally recognised as the State of Palestine.
    Such action would help restore the U.N.’s ethical and moral reason to exist, and remind all members to read again their responsibilities to the Founding Charter. The Palestinian question is deserving of resolution, not just lip-service.
    Further, that the United Nations creates a peace keeping force to stay with Palestine until Palestine is peacefully established,
    regards. THOMAS W. ADAMS.

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