A Palestinian commentator on the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network offered Sharon unexpected praise as "the first Israeli leader who stopped claiming Israel had a right to all of the Palestinian's land," a reference to Israeli's recent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
"A living Sharon is better for the Palestinians now, despite all the crimes he has committed against us," said Ghazi al-Saadi.
Jan 5, 2006
Arabs react to Sharon's illness
Responses range from glee at his suffering--Ahmed Jibril, leader of the Syrian-backed faction Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, called it a gift from God--to praise for his policies.