Apparently that didn't happen. The land, the fields cleared for the thousands of cars and buses stayed empty. Most Israelis who remember Arik Sharon feel ambivalent at best, and many are still steaming mad.
Two hours before Ariel Sharon was scheduled to be buried, the large crowd expected at the funeral
The civilians who came to pay their last respects were far outnumbered by police and ushers at Givat Hakalaniyot, where Sharon will be laid to rest next to his late wife, Lily.
Organizers even gave to some of the people employed at the funeral to take part in the event as if they were regular members of the crowd, so as to honor the occasion with a more respectable showing. (complete article click) had not materialized. Only a few dozen people had showed up at Havat Hashikmim – Sycamore Ranch – in the Negev, where the legendary general and former prime minister was to be laid to rest, reported Maariv-NRG.
Security was massive at the Shikmim Farm near Sderot in the northern Negev, the home of Ariel Sharon, who was buried Monday.
Sharon's death has dredged up memories for good and for bad. Today when a new neighbor (just over a year in Shiloh vs our thirty-two-- he may have been born after we came) I had never met before offered to drive home, all the way to my house I felt it necessary to make a point of telling him that my neighborhood was one of Arik Sharon's better decisions. But then we both agreed that the bad, the evil he did weighs heavier. I've been hearing reports that the Disengagement DP's, those torn from their homes of all ages have been especially agitated and angry. All of the praise we hear about Sharon by the media is just reopening the wounds of Disengagement.
Some people have been trying to "guess" that maybe Ariel Sharon repented in some way during the eight years he lay unable to communicate with people but showing signs that his mind did work. That sort of repentance wouldn't cleanse the sins against people or the Holy Land of Israel which were the results of Disengagement. I have no doubt that if he had tried to communicate with G-d that he was sorry, then somehow G-d would have found a way to get the message to Sharon's sons. If Omri and Gilad had apologized for Disengagement in the name of their father, if they would have used their wealth and influence for the DP's, the displaced people, those torn from their homes, that would be a different story. If Omri and Gilad would have admitted that Disengagement had been a terrible, dangerous mistake that we're unfortunately paying for and will pay for a long time more, then I'd feel more charitable and then the amcha would have come in the numbers the family had been expecting.
PS I wouldn't be all that surprised if there isn't an earthquake in the area of Sharon's farm...