Friday, January 06, 2006 | 
Sharon’s decorated past and his role in the development of the Jewish state factored into his position today.

Sharon’s parents immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine from Russia. His father, an ardent Zionist, and his mother moved to at Kfar Malal, a moshav 10 miles north of Tel Aviv. Born Ariel Sheinerman on February 27, 1928, Sharon was their second and last child.

His father was an agronomist and his mother studied medicine. They imparted the culture of Russia – literature and music – to their children while raising them as farmers.

Sharon was raised as a farmer and spent his time outdoors acquainting himself with the land. This later became a military strategy for him, helping him in his own campaigns and as he trained units under his command. He believed that knowing the terrain on which one operated was a basic approach to battles.

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