Ariel Sharon: Mama's boy?
Reading this OP-Ed piece on Ariel Sharon and how his relationship with his mother is the main reason behind his insistance on withdrawing from Gaza, I am wondering exactly if the purpose was to feed Anti-Sharon sentiment amongst arabs, or if the whole thing was a fluff piece to placate the israeli far-right. Either way, its sure to make his mom equally popular as he is on both sides. Moneyshot: Mr. Sharon's mom lived to a ripe old age, and she never stopped exerting an influence over her son. Last month in Paris, he offered a peek at their relationship to a French-Jewish audience. He recalled negotiating in Cairo back in the 1970's, as a senior member of Menachem Begin's government. By day he haggled with the Egyptians over the terms of peace. By night he called his mother. She'd give him a detailed report of her activities on the farm she still worked well into her 80's, then end with a maternal admonition about Arabs: "Never trust them." Pushing the seriously racist undertones of this column aside, it gives an interesting point of view on why exactly did Sharon withdraw from Gaza: To please the US adminstration!