JERUSALEM – Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky and the organization's leadership and employees in Israel and around the world mourn the passing of former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon.
He will be remembered as a true friend of The Jewish Agency, as a military man, a leader of Israel, a statesman, and a genuine partner of world Jewry.
Ariel Sharon uttered the timeless phrase, "I am a Jew first and an Israeli second." He invested tremendous effort in strengthening Jewish identity, increasing Aliyah (immigration to Israel), and combating anti-Semitism around the world.
May his memory be a blessing.Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon (z"l), with Masa Israel Journey participants
"Oh how I wish we were a normal country! I would love to just be thinking now of what crib to buy and what to serve at the Brit Milah (circumcision) ceremony, but it's not like that, and we