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Ariel Sharon, the general-turned-politician who inspired both love and hate as one of Israel's most controversial leaders, has died at the age of 85, after eight years in a coma.

Sharon's son Gilad told reporters of the death on Saturday afternoon.

"He has gone. He went when he decided to go," Gilad Sharon told reporters outside the hospital where his father had been treated in recent years.

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Ariel Sharon, then Israel's Prime Minister-elect, looks up as he touches Judaism holiest site, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem on Wednesday Feb. 7, 2001. (AP / David Guttenfelder)

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on Sunday Jan. 30, 2005. (AP / Oded Balilty)

The former Israeli prime minister, known as the "bulldozer" for his bold tactics, became incapacitated after a devastating stroke at the peak of his political power.

In early January, 2014, doctors said Sharon's family was by his bedside at a hospital near Tel Aviv as his condition deteriorated.

Sharon had a first, milder stroke in December, 2005. He was put on blood thinners before suffering a severe brain hemorrhage on Jan. 4, 2006.

His incapacitation came as a shock to many Israelis, who had expected Sharon to lead his new Kadima party to victory in pending elections. Sharon had left the Likud party just weeks earlier to form the new movement.

Acting prime minister Ehud Olmert became his successor, and went on to win the March 2006 elections, but by a smaller margin than was expected with Sharon at the helm.

A turbulent life

Sharon's death brings a quiet end to a turbulent life.

Many Israelis consider him a war hero who defended the country through some of its greatest struggles. However, he is widely hated by many in the Arab world for the bloody military campaigns he led against Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon, Jordan and elsewhere.

Sharon was born the son of Shmuel and Dvora Scheinermann, Russian immigrants in the agricultural village of Kfar Malal in British-mandate Palestine on February 27, 1928.

He was widowed twice, and had two sons.

A born soldier, Sharon joined the Hagana, an underground military organization that provided security to Jewish towns and settlements, at the age of 14.

In the early 1950s, he led an attack in Jordan that became known as the Massacre of Kibya. Sixty-nine civilians were killed, most of them women and children.

During the Six-Day War of June 1967, he commanded a division that led to the capture of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Sharon also masterminded the counterattack across the Suez Canal that effectively ended the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

By the 1970s, Sharon was fully engaged in politics as well. He was first elected to Israel's parliament, or the Knesset, in 1973, but resigned one year later. He was re-elected in 1977.

He led the first invasion of Lebanon in 1982 to uproot a small group of Palestinians who aimed to carry out raids on Israel. He managed to root out the PLO, but not without scores of casualties that would later cause him to be expelled from the Knesset.

In 1983, a year after he led the invasion of southern Lebanon, an inquiry found him responsible for the slaughter of more than 800 Arab refugees, and he was forced to resign as defence minister under Menachem Begin.

Sharon gave up his post but remained in the Knesset. By 1996, he returned to cabinet. In 1998, Benjamin Netanyahu named Sharon foreign affairs minister in a Likud government.

When Netanyahu lost to Labour's Ehud Barak in the 1999 election, Sharon became leader of the party he'd helped found.

In 2000, Sharon was blamed for triggering the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising) with his visit to the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, a site also holy to Jews.

However, on Feb. 6, 2001, Sharon defeated Barak by a huge margin, taking 62.5 per cent of the vote.

He called upon his Palestinian neighbours to cast off the "path of violence" and resolve the conflicts by peaceful means. Instead, Palestinian suicide bombers continued to target Israelis, prompting Israeli helicopter gunships to retaliate in an unending cycle of violence.

Though he refused to back down from Israel's policy of "targeted killings," Sharon took steps towards peace. On May 25, 2003, his cabinet reluctantly accepted the U.S.-backed 'road map to peace' by a vote of 12-7.

He promised to dismantle "unauthorized outposts" in the West Bank, but also committed to the building of a "security barrier" around the West Bank, which some Palestinians denounced as a land grab.

In the summer of 2005, Sharon began to carry out his plans to withdraw Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, a shocking reversal for a man who had been a leading player in constructing Jewish settlements in captured territories. This led to significant tensions within Likud, and Benjamin Netanyahu led an unsuccessful effort to overthrow Sharon.

In response, Sharon again shocked his nation by announcing that he would be quitting Likud and forming a new centrist party. Old political foes like Labour's Shimon Peres announced he would join with Sharon.

But Sharon would never recover from his first stroke. After spending months at the Jerusalem hospital where he was first treated, Sharon was transferred to a long-term care facility at Tel Hashomer hospital. Though he was taken home for a brief period, he was taken back to the hospital where he spent his final days.

With files from The Associated Press

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As controversial as he was and even while he's very hawkish..... he was very willing in extending the olive branch to truly strive for peace.

He did give up the Gaza Strip and even forcibly removed Jewish settlers there. Probably would have pulled out more of the Westbank had he not suffered his stroke.

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1 less war criminal on this earth

good riddance

people should look up the sabra and shatila massacre before sending this carcass any condolences...

The massacre by Lebanese Christian militia? This man although was controversial, truly strived for peace over and worked to move out of the Gaza strip to help achieve this. And like Lancaster mentioned, would have pulled out more of the Westbank had he not suffered his stroke.

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The massacre by Lebanese Christian militia? This man although was controversial, truly strived for peace over and worked to move out of the Gaza strip to help achieve this. And like Lancaster mentioned, would have pulled out more of the Westbank had he not suffered his stroke.

Nope the massacre performed by sharons proxies, with active help by him..

even most reasonable Israeli's (incluin the kahan commision) accept the shame of that massacre..

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I would like to note, That there are a lot of other atrocities at his time as a general in the Israeli army that could be mentioned (including mass executions of surrendered Egyptians POWs in 67)

but one can easly brush those aside as a soldier serving his country.

the only unforgivable offense I take exception to is the massacre/ethnic cleansing of defenseless civiliians at sabra/shatila..

I will repeat, good riddance to that barbaric war criminal

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The world is a better place now that this terrorist is dead.

Lancaster I suggest you do more reseach , Sharon participated in terrorist actions, this guy was a POS Terrorist.

Then why is he treated as a hero by the Israeli public?. Thousands paid their respects to him. And he is given a State Funeral with dignitaries like US Vice President Biden and former British PM Tony Blair attending.
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The world is a better place now that this terrorist is dead.

Lancaster I suggest you do more reseach , Sharon participated in terrorist actions, this guy was a POS Terrorist.

I know my history and I'm not saying he was a saint or anything. His military career is as decorated as there is. His actions in various conflicts makes him perhaps one of the best military tactician in the 20th century. Obviously we all know about his (in)actions which caused the massacre of 4000 innocent civilians, but that just put his hands as dirty as anyone else in the Israeli-Arab conflict.

In his later career in political office, he actually made some tangible steps towards peace. Leaving the Gaza Strip for the Palestinian Authorities was a huge step and he should be commended at least for that.

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Then why is he treated as a hero by the Israeli public?. Thousands paid their respects to him. And he is given a State Funeral with dignitaries like US Vice President Biden and former British PM Tony Blair attending.

Because a lot of Israelis view him as a freedom fighter rather than a terrorist , in much the same way that many muslims view Osama bin laden as hero.

While Tony was in Israel he could have actually found weapons of mass destruction, unlike Iraq Israel actually posesses them.

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I know my history and I'm not saying he was a saint or anything. His military career is as decorated as there is. His actions in various conflicts makes him perhaps one of the best military tactician in the 20th century. Obviously we all know about his (in)actions which caused the massacre of 4000 innocent civilians, but that just put his hands as dirty as anyone else in the Israeli-Arab conflict.

In his later career in political office, he actually made some tangible steps towards peace. Leaving the Gaza Strip for the Palestinian Authorities was a huge step and he should be commended at least for that.

Then you know about his actions at Qibya , 69 innocent civilians massacred , 2 thirds of them women and children. From 1953 through the turn of the millennium this POS was a terrorist and war criminal. If some one murdered your family would desribe it as some one dirtying their hands ?

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Ooohhh look, another reason for Harper to get a big delegation together on an airplane, and visit a state funeral. On behalf of all Canadians, forgetting of course that Sharon was a mass murderer ... :sick: :sick: :sick:

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Nope the massacre performed by sharons proxies, with active help by him..

even most reasonable Israeli's (incluin the kahan commision) accept the shame of that massacre..

His proxies? That's just false. He had no actual actions in it, although he didn't stop it, which was the problem and controversial part of it, since he was blaming the PLO for a lot of problems.

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His proxies? That's just false. He had no actual actions in it, although he didn't stop it, which was the problem and controversial part of it, since he was blaming the PLO for a lot of problems.

cant tell If your speaking from a position of ignorance(which a simple google search can solve)

or read what actually happened, but deliberately act stupid to whitewash history?

Facts are (confirmed by the Israeli governments own kahan commission that relieved him of his duties afterward)

He led his armed militia allies to a defenseless refugee camp knowing full well their intentions..

He Fired flares during he night to assist them In the massacre

Israeli troops blocked off/surrounded the camp, and blocked off all the exits; Preventing any escape while their allies completed the massacre of thousands of defenseless civilians

THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT COMMISION PERSONALLY BLAMED SHARON FOR THE MASSACRE

I will repeat:

good riddance to that filthy criminal murderer.. If a hell exists, Then may he burn in it.

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cant tell If your speaking from a position of ignorance(which a simple google search can solve)

or read what actually happened, but deliberately act stupid to whitewash history?

Facts are (confirmed by the Israeli governments own kahan commission that relieved him of his duties afterward)

He led his armed militia allies to a defenseless refugee camp knowing full well their intentions..

He Fired flares during he night to assist them In the massacre

Israeli troops blocked off/surrounded the camp, and blocked off all the exits; Preventing any escape while their allies completed the massacre of thousands of defenseless civilians

THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT COMMISION PERSONALLY BLAMED SHARON FOR THE MASSACRE

I will repeat:

good riddance to that filthy criminal murderer.. If a hell exists, Then may he burn in it.

A simple google search shows he wasn't a leader of Lebanese Christian Militia group who did the killings. Although, he did speak with that group with the intentions in blaming the PLO for many controversies so this group would also feel this way. Sharon himself didn't do enough to stop the massacres, which is what the problem was and what his own government judged him on. In no way was it his plan in telling others to kill civilians, unless certain "civilians" were attached to the PLO.

And I will repeat:

He had full support in Retreated from Gaza and planned on retreated more if weren't for his health problems, as he was a major part in looking for peace and sacrficed a lot to do so, including land and resoures.

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A simple google search shows he wasn't a leader of Lebanese Christian Militia group who did the killings. Although, he did speak with that group with the intentions in blaming the PLO for many controversies so this group would also feel this way. Sharon himself didn't do enough to stop the massacres, which is what the problem was and what his own government judged him on. In no way was it his plan in telling others to kill civilians, unless certain "civilians" were attached to the PLO.

And I will repeat:

He had full support in Retreated from Gaza and planned on retreated more if weren't for his health problems, as he was a major part in looking for peace and sacrficed a lot to do so, including land and resoures.

your denials would be hilarious, if they were not trying to deny the responsibility for thouands of innocent civilians getting slaughtered..

the Israeli governments own kahan commission blamed Sharon personally...

He knowingly allowed passage to his terrorist proxies, knowing full well their intentions...

not only that, He activey helped them by not only firing flares in the night to illuminate the night for the butchers.. But he also ordered his troops to completely surround and block off all escape routes for the trapped civilians.. He literally prevented them from escaping...

About the last part where he supposedly pulld back from gaza is irrelevant...

once you are involved (by your own government even) in the massacre of thousands of civilians (including hundreds of children). Nothing you will ever do in life can redeem you...

May the rabid dog burn in hell...

Israel has plenty of people who served their country with honour and integrity.. To celebrate such a mass murderer and butcher is absolutely outrageous

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