Casket makes its way slowly to Latrun for military salute

Sharon’s casket is slowly making its way to the Armored Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun Junction, in the hills west of Jerusalem, where the IDF General Staff will hold a brief ceremony in Sharon’s memory.

The ceremony, attended by the entire IDF high command, will have no speeches and no foreign dignitaries, but a brief military salute to one of the architects of the IDF’s battle doctrine and the man Israel’s first premier David Ben Gurion called Israel’s “best field commander.”

A long police and IDF convoy is accompanying the former premier does Road 1 from Jerusalem, which is currently closed to traffic.

Sharon fought and was almost killed by Jordanian forces in the 1948 battle for Latrun. As our military correspondent Mitch Ginsburg has written, that battle was a defining moment for the young Sharon.

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