Ariel Sharon won a historic landslide victory in the special Israeli prime minister elections on February 7, 2001.

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 percent majority.

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, Israel'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 congratulating him.

Sharon is also currently under investigation in Belgium for the Sabra and Shatila massacre. The Belgians are hoping to try him on war crimes charges.

One year into his term he has brought no additional security to the State of Israel. Only war.