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Netanyahu could take a cue from Sharon’s later moves

Ariel Sharon visited an Israeli Army position in the Jordan Valley in 2001. The former prime minister died Jan. 11.

Michael Kramer/European Pressphoto agency/File 2001

Ariel Sharon visited an Israeli Army position in the Jordan Valley in 2001. The former prime minister died Jan. 11.

THE GLOBE’S editorial about the death of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon (“Pragmatic shift toward peace,” Jan. 14) observes that Sharon radically changed paths toward the end of his career, moving from a staunch believer in military force and advocate for building settlements in occupied land to one who believed that these settlements needed to be abandoned and that only a two-state solution would preserve Israel’s security.

Perhaps it is time for Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to experience his personal Ariel Sharon moment.

Stan Fleischman

Newton Highlands

The writer is a member of the executive committee of J Street Boston.

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