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Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dead at 85

This news story was published on January 11, 2014.
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NIT – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died at age 85 in an Israeli hospital. He had been in a coma for several years.

Sharon was an Israeli statesman and military general, who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel.

According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, “Ariel Sharon’s journey was Israel’s journey. The dream of Israel was the cause of his life, and he risked it all to live that dream.”

Kerry said that even though the United States had “differences” with Sharon, he was still revered.

“During his years in politics, it is no secret that there were times the United States had differences with him. But whether you agreed or disagreed with his positions – and Arik was always crystal clear about where he stood – you admired the man who was determined to ensure the security and survival of the Jewish State. In his final years as Prime Minister, he surprised many in his pursuit of peace, and today, we all recognize, as he did, that Israel must be strong to make peace, and that peace will also make Israel stronger. We honor Arik’s legacy and those of Israel’s founding generation by working to achieve that goal.”

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