Sworn in as Israel’s 11th Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon heads the twenty-ninth Israeli government. His cabinet has more ministers than any previous one and is the first to have a non-Jewish minister, a Druze minister without Portfolio. In his inaugural speech that day, Sharon promises to restore security and stability in the face of Palestinian violence seeking “peace through an approach based on mutual respect and confidence building measures” with them, demanding that the Palestinians “renounce violence, terror, and incitement.” He also calls for deepening the “special relations” with the United States. Sharon would remain prime minister until suffering a stroke in late 2005.
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