Israeli politician Ariel Sharon has died. CNN asks what his legacy should be: hero or butcher?
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Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died Saturday at age 85, made a name for himself as a military and political leader who put Israel’s security above all else.
It was a position that earned the controversial figure the nickname “the bulldozer” as a fearless leader who got things done.
To many Israelis, he was a hero. To some in the Arab world, he was a killer.
Here are five things to know about Sharon:
Some saw him as a war hero: Sharon, who rose through the ranks of the Israeli Defense Forces, first gained hero status among Israelis during the 1967 Six-Day War that saw Israel attack Egypt, Jordan and Syria to counter what they saw as an impending attack by the Arab nations.
Under Sharon’s command, Israeli troops routed Egyptian forces during a nighttime battle to capture Um Cataf, a crucial crossroads in the Sinai.