Shimon Kahaner, a soldier under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's command, recalled how the general saved his life in 1955 when he was wounded.
"He didn’t stop until he removed me from the warfront," he said. "I owe him my life."
Kahaner also said Sharon's strength came from a love for the land and from what the land gave him.
"He succeed to instill within 19-year-old kids the feeling that all of the security of the people and the country was resting on our soldiers, and he did that without screaming or fiery speeches." (Attila Somfalvi and Moran Azulay)