By Yusuf Selman Inanc
Cartoon by Carlos Latuff
Sharon went on to become leader of the opposition Likud Party after current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's defeat in the 1999 general election. Sharon in 2000 made a provocative visit as the foreign minister to the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem, igniting outrage among Muslims that quickly escalated into the second intifada (uprising). "In the Arab world and among Palestinians, he'll never be forgotten for his callous attitude toward dispossessed Palestinians and his hardline, uncompromising attitude in peace talks," said Ottaway. Jump to 2002, the year after Sharon took the helm as prime minister after a landslide electoral victory over Ehud Barak, and Israel had begun the construction of a barrier in the West Bank. His election pledge was to achieve "security and true peace." His controversial visit to Masjid Al Aqsa triggered nationalist feelings among Israelis and paved the way for his elections as the prime minister. He fell into coma after a heart attack in 2006, at the pinnacle of his career in Israeli politics.
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