Remaking Sharon

A look at how the former general fashioned himself into a peacemaker in the campaign against Barak

A couple of weeks ago, Ariel Sharon sat in his shirtsleeves in the plush Tel Aviv office of his top campaign adviser. The 72-year-old Likud Party candidate in next week's prime ministerial elections was surrounded by his team of high-powered imagemakers, the professionals charged with persuading voters that the former general's reputation as a dangerous maverick is undeserved. At the end of the meeting to discuss his speaking schedule, Sharon raised his bulky frame and addressed his handlers. "I have to thank you all for making me look like such a very nice guy," he said. Then he raised his finger:...

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