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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Arafat had planned second intifada

    "Man of conflict: Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel" (Web, Jan. 11) observes that detractors blame former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the failure of peace efforts under then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak because of Mr. Sharon's "provocative visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount in September 2000" and the violence that "reignited in the wake of the visit." That narrative has been discredited.

  • FIELDS: Sharon sought peace for his beloved Israel

    When Ariel Sharon died on Saturday, the obituaries emphasized his strength as a military commander and political leader, recalling his brilliant counterattack across Suez to surround the Egyptian armies when Israel's very existence hung in the balance in the Yom Kippur War the Arabs almost won.

  • EDITORIAL: Farewell to the fallen lion of Israel

    War hero, statesman, strategist and pragmatist, Ariel Sharon died just when the perpetually stalled Middle East Peace "process" could use his brand of decisiveness. Boldness and decisiveness, alas, are out of fashion, replaced by retreat into "process."

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  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech next to the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon outside the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Joe Biden praises the late Ariel Sharon at memorial service in Israel

    President Obama may have come off as lukewarm in his praise for the late Ariel Sharon, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday praised the late Israeli prime minister in a 17-minute eulogy that included quotations from Shakespeare, the Book of Genesis and Irish novelist James Joyce.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speak in Chicago. As the Obama era nears its final midterm elections, the campaign to succeed him has already begun: Prospective candidates on both sides have been quietly courting donors, taking steps to build an organization and making scouting trips to early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The official starting line, however, is likely a year away.  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

    Biden to lead delegation to Sharon funeral

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who is also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the presidential delegation attending the state funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the White House said Sunday.

  • RI's US Rep. Cicilline mourns Sharon's death

    Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is mourning the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

  • Mass. US Rep. Neal mourns Sharon's death

    Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is mourning the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

  • Pence: Ex-PM Sharon dedicated to Israeli security

    Indiana leaders are praising the legacy of Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') following the death of the former Israeli prime minister.

  • Texas leaders mourn Sharon's loss

    Former President George W. Bush is calling ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "a warrior for the ages." Gov. Rick Perry is mourning the loss of "an uncompromising patriot."

  • FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 30, 2005 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. The Israeli hospital treating Sharon said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 that the former prime minister has deteriorated further and he is now in ‘grave’ condition. Sharon, who has been comatose since suffering a stroke eight years ago, suffered a downturn in his health last week with a decline in key bodily organs.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool, File)

    The late Ariel Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel

    Israelis great and small lined up to say a final goodbye Sunday to the flag-draped coffin of Ariel Sharon, as the country, the region and the rest of the world struggled to come to grips with the complicated legacy of one of Israel's most towering and divisive figures.

  • Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a photo-op as he meets with President Barack Obama for lunch in the Private Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama sends condolences to Sharon family, but Biden will attend memorial service

    President Obama sent condolences to Israel Saturday on the passing of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, but the commander in chief will not attend the upcoming memorial service, according to the White House. Instead, the administration will send Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

  • Palestinians stand over pictures of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as another holds a burning poster of him in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Sharon was loathed by many Palestinians as a bitter enemy who did his utmost to sabotage their independence hopes — by leading military offensives against them in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza and a settlement drive on the lands they want for a state. Sharon died Saturday, eight years after a debilitating stroke put him into a coma. He was 85. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    'May God torture him': Palestinians cheer death of Ariel Sharon

    Ariel Sharon's death Saturday elicited a wide range of responses from Palestinians, but sadness wasn't one: Some cheered and distributed sweets while others prayed for divine punishment for the former Israeli leader or recalled his central role in some of the bloodiest episodes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • NY officials, others react to Ex-PM Sharon's death

    New York officials and Jewish groups are praising the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') following his death.

  • FILE - In this March 7, 1984 file photo, an Israeli soldier keeps his finger on the trigger of his assault rifle while Former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, right, stands on the bridge overlooking the Awali River, Israel's most northerly position in Sidon, Lebanon. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)

    Comments by world leaders about Ariel Sharon

    A selection of memorable quotes about Ariel Sharon, Israel's former prime minister who died Saturday at age 85:

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  • Sharon said Tuesday that the concessions Israeli Prime minister Ehud Barak is willing to make in Jerusalem in a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, are dangerous and would not constitute genuine peace.

  • He said "knowing the man, he would not want to live this way."

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