POLITICS

Friday, January 06, 2006 |    

1973: Elected Knesset member for Likud
1975-77: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's special security adviser
1977-81: Minister of Agriculture
1981-83: Minister of Defense
1984-90: Minister of Trade and Industry
1990-92: Minister of Construction and Housing
1996-98: Minister of National Infrastructure
1998-99: Foreign Minister
2001-today: Prime Minister
2005: Left Likud to found Kadima

One scandal that tainted Sharon’s career was the September 1982 massacre by Lebanese Christians of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Israel held Sharon, then defense minister, indirectly responsible, tarring his image in world politics. He resigned from the post in 1983.

Another remarkable facet of Sharon’s career was his long friendship with arch political rival, Shimon Peres. The two were opposing figures on most political issues until recently when the 82-year-old Peres agreed to quit the Labor party and take a position in Sharon’s new government, assuming Sharon would win the upcoming election.

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