Secondo New Republic l'eredità politica di Ariel Sharon, l'ex premier israeliano morto ieri a 85 anni dopo un coma di otto anni dovuto a un ictus, si può riassumere in un unico punto: aver rafforzato involontariamente Hezbollah.
Forget the monumental Gaza withdrawal in 2005.
Forget his creation of Kadima in 2005 as a new centrist force in Israeli politics.
Forget the infamous 2000 Temple Mount visit that may have sparked the Second Intifada.
As Israel prepares for life after former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at age 85 after eight years in a coma, and as the world weighs the legacy of a man who led Israel both in war and in peace, Sharon's most permanent bequest to the Middle East may be the inadvertent empowerment of Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese force that functions in equal parts as armed militia, political party, and social aid group.