Ariel Sharon has died

Ariel Sharon, former Israeli prime minister, dies at 85

Sharon, a controversial military leader, launched a long and tumultuous political career that culminated in the disengagement from Gaza. He died after
eight years in a coma at Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv.

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday after a significant deterioration in his medical condition over the past two weeks. Sharon, who was
85, was comatose for past eight years.

On January 4, 2006, Ariel “Arik” Sharon was at the height of his political power: His newly founded Kadima party had just beat the rival parties to
a pulp in pre-elections polls, which predicted it securing 40 Knesset seats in the approaching election.

Then in a single moment, the 78-year-old Sharon fell from the political stage, suffering his second serious stroke within two-and-half weeks and
bringing his electoral blitz to a halt. Israel’s prime minister was brought to Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem, and his illness
soon became the focus of world attention in the frenzied 2006 Israeli elections campaign.

Everyone had expected Sharon, the controversial military and political leader, to substantially push forward the peace process with the Palestinians,
the primary reason he had left the Likud party and established Kadima.

This is big news, even though it was already sure he was going to die in few days. No one survives from kidney failure, specially if they are old. He
was in coma for almost 8 years.

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