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Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon Dies At 85

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died at age 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke. He died this afternoon of heart failure at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv.

Sharon spent half century as a military and political leader in Israel and was a giant of Israel’s military and political scene. But his career was marked with victories and controversies.

The Israeli statesman was a national war hero to many Israelis for his leadership, both in uniform or as a civilian, during every Israeli war. Many in the Arab world called Sharon “the Butcher of Beirut” after he oversaw Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon while serving as defense minister.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he was a great warrior but a senior Palestinian said his path was war and aggression. The prime minister’s spokesman said on Twitter:

“His memory will live forever in the nation’s heart.”

May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

 

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  1. Gen Ariel Sharon meant so many things to so many people depending on who u are and on what basis u judge him. A military genius who either participated in or cmmanded all Israeli Arab wars, Gen Sharon is regarded as a military hero in Israel. He fought in 1948 Israeli war of Independence, 1956 Suez Canal war, 1967 six day war & 1973 Arab Israeli war. As defence minister, he initiated de 1982 Lebanese war which ended as a political disaster for him but suprisingly he rose from de ashes of dat political disaster to become Israeli Prime Minister till he was brought down by stroke 8 years ago. May his soul rest in peace.

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