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The next thing he knew, he was coming back to consciousness in an Israeli hospital. 33 34 ariel sharon Every military commander knows what it is like to be in a harrowing, desperate situation. However, few of the other great twentieth-century military leaders—including Patton, Pershing, and Rommel—met such a horrific defeat on the event of their first command. Sharon survived. He recovered within a few months and was ready to be on the front lines again that autumn, but he did not see major action again in the 1948 war.

They 63 64 ariel sharon would surrender their arms, and be transported to whatever country would accept them (many refused before Tunisia agreed). The crisis seemed to be over. Yasser Arafat boarded a ship on August 30, 1982. He waved enthusiastically to the crowd, as if he had won a victory, although he was in fact being exiled from his headquarters. Sharon and the IDF stayed on the outskirts of the city while the PLO was evacuated. About 11,000 PLO fighters lived to fight another day. Two weeks passed.

The three men met back home in Israel, and the result was a standoff. Sharon certainly came off looking poorly, but David BenGurion refused to adjudicate the dispute, and Moshe Dayan came just short of dismissing Sharon from his command. As it turned out, this was a narrow escape. Israel, too, had a narrow escape from danger. It was not from its Arab foe, but from its best ally, the United States. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was furious that Britain, France, and Israel had used this opportunity to gang up on Egypt—and that they had done so without consulting him.

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