In Israel, Ariel Sharon was widely seen as a trailblazing warrior-statesman whose battlefield bravery and brilliance earned him hero status in his homeland.
Euronews asked people in Tel Aviv how they would remember Sharon.
“A very resourceful commander in the army,” said one young man. “For what he did in the Yom Kippur war, I think every Israeli knows what he did there more or less…going against his commander’s orders and doing what he really felt was the right thing and it was indeed the right thing to do.”
Another man said: “I remember him as a great man of the world. He was a man…a human being. He liked to laugh. He liked to do the right things.”
He praised Sharon’s ability to take action quickly when needed, adding: “He was a big man…His mentality was big. He was a strong man.”
“I remember him as a great man,” said one young woman. “He did a lot of things for this country. He is really, you could say, maybe a hero. A real great part of history and it was very sad the way things ended up but he was really great and he will be remembered.
Asked whether she would remember bad things as well as good things, she said: “Look, I guess with everyone, they did good and bad and you have to try to remember them for the impact they had and the impact that he had on Israel to shape it to how it is today so that is the important thing to remember.”
Our correspondent in Tel Aviv, Luis Carballo, said that the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharanot had reported in its Friday edition something that seemed inevitable – Ariel Sharon’s death was a matter of hours away.
“Israel has been saying goodbye to Sharon on Shabbat – the Jewish sabbath; saying goodbye to a controversial politician as well as a decorated military man; with his strengths and weaknesses but with a kind of admiration for how the old commander fought his last battle,” he said.
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