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Avi Shilon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162356

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162356.001.0001

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“Sharon Was Afraid of Me”

“Sharon Was Afraid of Me”

(p.436) Twenty-One “Sharon Was Afraid of Me”
Menachem Begin

Avi Shilon

Yale University Press

Menachem Begin had never liked Ariel Sharon, whom he saw as an uninhibited manipulator. Begin claimed that Sharon joined the Liberal Party because Sharon was afraid of him. In 1984, Sharon filed a libel suit in a New York court against Time magazine, which had claimed that he had spoken with members of the Gemayel family about avenging Bachir Gemayel's death. Although the court ruled that the information published by Time was incorrect, and that the publication amounted to negligence, there was no malice on the part of the magazine. In early August 1987 Sharon told Begin that he would be giving a comprehensive lecture at Tel Aviv University in Israel. In 1990, Begin underwent surgery at Shaarey Tzedek Medical Center after suffering a broken hip when he fell in his apartment. In March 1991, he was released from the hospital. In March 1992, the Likud held a contentious meeting at its headquarters in Tel Aviv to prepare a list of candidates for the Knesset elections. On March 9, Begin died at the age of seventy-nine.

Keywords:   elections, Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon, Israel, libel suit, Time magazine, Bachir Gemayel, Tel Aviv University, surgery, Likud

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