Israel’s Sharon dead at 85 after 8-year coma

Warrior statesman revered, reviled

Posted: January 12, 2014 at 4:44 a.m.

Ariel Sharon in May 2004, while he was Israeli prime minister.The fi ery leader was a champion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, but he grew to realize a Palestinian state was inevitable.

Ariel Sharon, the Israeli warrior and former prime minister as famous for his ferocity in battling Arabs as for his turnaround decision to evacuate settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip, died Saturday. He was 85.

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