Ariel Sharon and Charles de Gaulle
Polyscopique has an interesting comparison between Ariel Sharon and Charles de Gaulle (also available in french). The parallels between the withdrawal from Algeria and Sharon's pragmatic decision to leave certain "palestinian" territories are quite fascinating indeed. Furthermore, both de Gaulle and Sharon were facing their most dangerous ennemies in the respective extremist right-wing movements in their own countries. And in both cases, the socialist left-wingers in France and Israel were / are stuck in some kind of paralytic dilemma with regards to the smart moves of their most hated opponent.