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Stop Treating 'The Butcher of Beirut' Like a Saint

Rashad Khalidi lived through Ariel Sharon's onslaught

(Newser) - Ariel Sharon's death has brought on a bout of hagiography. The American and Israeli media will call him "controversial," but then call him a hero. Joe Biden praised him for his pursuit of peace yesterday, while Henry Kissinger terms him a "peacemaker" in today's Washington ... More »

Israel Buries Ariel Sharon

2 rockets fired from Gaza ahead of funeral

(Newser) - Israel has paid its final respects to divisive former leader Ariel Sharon, who died over the weekend after eight years in a coma. World leaders and Israeli officials gathered for a state memorial service in Jerusalem, which will be followed by a second funeral service at the Sharon family ranch... More »

As Sharon Lies in State, Israel Bids a Tricky Farewell

Public, political rivals pay respects ahead of funeral tomorrow

(Newser) - Israelis are filing through the Knesset Plaza today to pay their respects to Ariel Sharon, who died yesterday after being in a coma since 2005, as the former prime minister's coffin lies in state today ahead of a military funeral tomorrow. "My heart is broken. Israel lost the... More »

Ariel Sharon Dead at 85

Former Israeli prime minister had been in coma for years

(Newser) - Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died today, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85. As one of Israel's... More »

Ariel Sharon Suffers Renal Failure, Is Near Death

Former Israeli PM has been in a coma since 2006

(Newser) - After spending the last eight years in a vegetative state, Ariel Sharon's condition has taken a drastic turn for the worse, says a spokesman for the Tel Aviv hospital caring for him. The former Israeli PM has suffered renal failure, reports the BBC , and sources tell Haaretz that if... More »

Activity Detected in Ariel Sharon's Brain

Former Israeli PM has been in coma 7 years

(Newser) - After seven years in a coma, Ariel Sharon's brain is showing signs of life—and he might even know the Israeli election results. A brain scan of the former prime minister, who has been in a vegetative state since suffering a massive stroke in early 2006, found that his... More »

Ariel Sharon's Son: 'Flatten All of Gaza'

Jerusalem Post slammed for extremist op-ed

(Newser) - As Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire continue, the son of comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has sparked outrage with an extremist op-ed in the Jerusalem Post . Israel must step up its assault on Gaza without worrying about civilian casualties, Gilad Sharon writes, arguing that the... More »

Comatose Ariel Sharon Heads Home

Ex-PM shows no signs of emerging from 5-year coma

(Newser) - Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is back home on his ranch after nearly 5 years in a secure hospital ward, still comatose and attached to a respirator. The former general, whose controversial leadership was ended by a series of strokes in early 2006, was taken from his hospital in... More »

Hillary's Wrong: Bush, Israel Agreed on Settlements

Sharon talks resulted in "understandings": Abrams

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton said last week that the Bush administration hadn’t made any “informal or oral agreements” on Israel settlements, but that’s simply not true, writes Bush adviser Elliott Abrams in the Wall Street Journal. In fact, talks between the administration and Israel’s then-PM resulted in Ariel... More »

Ariel Sharon Turns 80 in Coma

No change in former Israeli PM's condition, doctors not optimistic

(Newser) - Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon turned 80 yesterday, still in a coma from a massive stroke in January 2006. Family members gathered at the hospital to mark the occasion, the Jerusalem Post reports. Among them was his eldest son, Omri, due to start a seven-month jail sentence today for... More »

Olmert Has Prostate Cancer

Diagnosis won't interfere with work, Israeli PM promises, as peace talks loom

(Newser) - Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has prostate cancer, he announced today, and will undergo minor surgery to treat it. He said his medical condition is not life-threatening and would not affect his ability to govern. “From what my doctors have told me, this is a microscopic growth that can be... More »

Israel's Parliament Elects Peres President

83-year-old former PM vows to unite country

(Newser) - The Knesset voted in Vice Premier Shimon Peres as president of Israel today, after his two rivals for the office dropped out. Peres, a former PM and Nobel laureate, says his job is to unite Israeli society and "expel despair from our midst." He follows Moshe Katsav, who... More »

Israeli Labor Party Picks Barak to Lead

Former PM will join cabinet, sets sight on top job again

(Newser) - Ehud Barak won a runoff election yesterday making him head of Israel's Labor Party once again. Barak, who edged out former Shin Bet boss Ari Ayalon, will join PM Ehud Olmert's coalition cabinet, probably as defense minister. But the Guardian reports that the serial party chief is widely expected to... More »

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