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Wednesday 13 January 2010

AYTD's "The Hit-List" Pt. 5

Chaim Azriel Weizmann (1874-1952)
- First Israeli President (1949-52)
- Twice President of the World Zionist Organization (1921-31; 1935-46)
- Exceedingly clever chemist; developing the ABE-Process which helped to make materials such as cordite, an explosive

- Helped Arthur Balfour create the Balfour Declaration - a document that propelled first the British mandate (occupation) of Palestine and then provide establishment of the state of Israel within this same region in the Middle East

- With Prince Feisal I of Iraq, created the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement as part of Palestine becoming under British rule before the state of Israel

Ariel Sharon (1928-present; vegetative state since 14 January 2006)

- 11th Prime Minister of Israel (2001-06)
- Israeli Defense Minister (1981-83)
- Involved in military service in the Battle of Latrun, 1956 Suez, 1967 Six-Day and 1973 Yom Kippur Wars respectively
- Infamous nickname of "The Butcher of Beirut" after the 1982 Sabra and Shatila Massacre - in which over 3,000 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were killed in refugee camps in Beirut by the Phalanges; Lebanese militias. These refugee camps were surrounded by Israeli military forces but somehow the Phalanges got through and carried out the attack

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