Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he had a stroke at the height of his power, died on Saturday aged 85, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.
A divisive commander
Sharon, top second from left, with members of Unit 101 after Operation Egged, Nov. 1955. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia)
Sharon’s 143rd Division, crossing the Suez Canal, in the direction of Cairo, 15 Oct. 1973. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia)
Ariel Sharon with a bandaged head during the 1973 war. (Photo courtesy: GPO/ REX)
Back in the spotlight
Israeli financial Minister Netanyahu, Prime Minister Sharon and Vice Premier Peres attend a session at the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem. (L-R) Israeli financial Minister and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Vice Premier Shimon Peres attend a session at the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, February 14, 2005
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, United States President George W. Bush, and Ariel Sharon, Red Sea Summit, Aqaba, 2003. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia)