Sharon won a historic landslide victory
in the special Israeli prime minister elections
on February 7
The former general
and defense minister, nicknamed 'Bulldozer
', captured 62.6
percent of the vote, with 99.9
percent of ballot papers counted -- a 25
Sharon promised Israelis the country was on a new path of "security
and true peace
" during his victory speech.
Sharon has taken a hard-line approach
to peace talks
with the Palestinians
, pledging in his victory speech to "strengthen and build the united Jerusalem
's capital and the capital of the Jewish people for all eternity."
Sharon said he had received a call from U.S. President George W. Bush
Sharon is also currently under investigation in Belgium
for the Sabra and Shatila massacre
. The Belgians are hoping to try him on war crimes
One year into his term he has brought no additional security to the State of Israel. Only war.