Saturday, January 07, 2006

I got bored and went to Ynet to read about Sharon. One of the articles is titled "You wrote: We love you Arik" and it has a few responses picked out by the Ynet editors followed by responses from the readers. Obviously there are plenty of comments wishing him health and a speedy recovery. Some are more detailed.

Here are some translations:

"My 3 1/2 year old daughter came back from kindergarten crying and stormy. The teacher spoke about the PMs health. She was very upset and it took us a long time to calm her down. She asks all the time about his health and asked us to go visit him."

"Dear Arik. When I heard about your harsh prognosis I got very upset... I want to cry but I try to hold back the tears that eventually conquer my face. Though I have now surrendered to the tears, I hope that you will not give up. Maybe you lost a battle, but the war hasn't yet been decided. Please don't give up".

"If I could only hug you, you wouldn't leave my arms for a long time. You are like a father to me. Like a father you were and will be for me, you are the man that I admire most, more than any movie star or singer. Just wanted you to know that the whole country is behind you .. and you will never be forgotten. I pray for your health when I go to school and when I come home. Arik please get healthy, don't die. Love you very much." <16 year old>

"Dear Prime Minister, your people love you and appreciate you and above all need you to lead our country and look to her security. Please win also this battle..."

"I gave my son your name. Today my son is 33 years old and when he was born I called him Sharon. When you were still just a general in the army I knew you would be a leader... All those that angered you, god will make them pay. Dear and beloved man we pray for your health."

"Arik Sharon, I am a Palestinian Arab. As an Arab I am considered your enemy. However, I wish you a full recovery, because after all you were a man that loyally represented your people in governing the country. Get up from the bed and make a strong peace."

"Personal story. 5 years ago I was a bride with sad eyes about to be married. Why sad eyes? Because my dream was always that my father would lead me down the aisle. But fate struck and he was no longer alive. A minute before I got called to the Hoopa my cellphone rings and on the line is PM Ariel Sharon... Hecalled me to wish me mazal tov. At that moment the sadness disappeared and instead tears of happiness came to me and I knew this was a sign that my father is watching over me and is taking care of me. ... That day I wrote a thank-you letter that I never sent... My name is Sharon. My brother's name is Arik. My father was a soldier that served under Sharon. They were injured in the same battle and were in the same room in the hospital. Because my father was alone in Israel Arik's first wife took care of him while he was in the hospital like he was family. My father promised her that when he ahd children he would name them after Arik and so it was. I never met him personally but my father was always telling me stories. Whenever they met they would always carry on as good friends though they didn't stay in contact. When I heard about Sharon's condition my conscience started hurting because of the thank-you letter that he never received and maybe never will. So, I hope that he recovers, not only because he is the PM, but also because I must get him this letter that I have been carrying around for 4 years and haven't sent. Get well and come back to us.."

[ and this one is my favorite]
"Arik, I hope for all of us that you are again lying to us and that everything is fine. I am willing to forgive you for everything. Just please become healthy again and don't leave us in the hands of Bibi and Peretz"

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