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Latest Ariel Sharon Items
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A selection of memorable quotes about Ariel Sharon, Israel's former prime minister who died Saturday at age 85:
Ariel Sharon, Israel's bulldozer in politics and war, admired and reviled, dies at 85
Many had written off Ariel Sharon after his ill-fated 1982 invasion of Lebanon and a government commission's finding that he was indirectly responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps outside Beirut.
Ariel Sharon, a pivotal figure in Israel's history from his days as a foot soldier in the country's 1948 war for independence to his final years as a prime minister seeking a permanent peace in one of the world's toughest neighborhoods, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 85.