The Washington Times - January 11, 2014, 10:20AM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon Saturday as one of that nation’s greatest citizens.

“Israel has lost one of its greatest sons and America a friend in the passing of Ariel Sharon,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “A legendary military man dating back to the Israeli War of Independence, Ariel Sharon distinguished himself as a strategist and a soldier in virtually every major Israeli conflict of the second half of the 20th Century.”

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The Republican leader offered condolences to the Sharon family “and to Israelis everywhere.”