Israel mourns Ariel Sharon

Israel mourns former PM Ariel Sharon

  •   Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11, 2014, never regaining consciousness after suffering a brain hemorrhage in January 2006.
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    Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014 Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014 Copyright: GPO

    Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11, 2014, never regaining consciousness after suffering a brain hemorrhage in January 2006.​


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    President Shimon Peres: 
    "My dear friend, Arik Sharon, lost his final battle today. Arik was a brave soldier and a daring leader who loved his nation and his nation loved him. He was one of Israel's great protectors and most important architects, who knew no fear and certainly never feared vision. He knew how to take difficult decisions and implement them. We all loved him and he will be greatly missed. I send my condolences to the Sharon family, may he rest in peace."
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
    "The State of Israel bows its head on the passing of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Ariel Sharon played a central role in the struggle for the security of the State of Israel over all its years. He was, first and foremost, a courageous fighter and an outstanding general, and was among the IDF's greatest commanders. From his youth, he served the people of Israel on the battlefield. He did so as a soldier in the War of Independence, a commander in the [1956] Sinai campaign and the Six Day War, and up to his decisive role in the battle over the Suez Canal that led to the turning point in the Yom Kippur War.
    He established Unit 101 and took the initiative in the war against terrorism, which became a central pillar of the State of Israel. Upon leaving the military, he continued to work on behalf of the people of Israel both in his many government roles and as the 11th prime minister of the State of Israel. His memory will be enshrined forever in the heart of the nation."
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman:
    "Ariel Sharon served the State of Israel from its establishment until the last moment he could, taking part in the central events that shaped its character. Sharon will be remembered first of all as a great military commander who led many important battles, most importantly the crossing of the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War, as well as the battles of Israel's War of Independence and the establishment of the special 101 Unit, the Sinai Campaign, and more. 
    Sharon's political legacy has always been controversial, from his tenure as Chairman of the Ministerial Settlement Committee which strengthened Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, to the disengagement from Gaza which he initiated and implemented. He will go down in the history of Israel as one of the most noteworthy and influential figures."

    Ariel Sharon - From soldier to statesman

    Ariel Sharon - From soldier to statesman
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    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta:
    "I feel saddened by the death of Ariel Sharon. On behalf of the Government, the people of Kenya and on my own behalf, I send this message of condolence and encouragement to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the People of Israel. Sharon was among Israel’s legendary politicians and military leaders. He was a great field commander and great military strategist. With the passing on of Sharon, Israel has lost a true servant of its people, a freedom fighter and a peace maker who played an active role before and after his country’s independence. The late Sharon will also be remembered as a peace maker who stunned the whole world with a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip despite being the architect of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. May God rest his soul in Eternal Peace."
    On Sunday, 12 January 2014, Ariel Sharon's coffin will be brought to the Knesset for the public to pay its respects.
    On Monday, 13 January 2014, at 09:30, a state memorial ceremony will be held at the Knesset. President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and family members will speak. Senior guests – including US Vice President Joe Biden, Quartet representative and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok, Russian State Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Spanish Home Affairs Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, Canadian Citizenship and immigration Minister Chris Alexander and others – will also attend.

    Following the ceremony, the funeral procession will depart for the Shikmim Farm in the Negev by military convoy. The convoy will stop en route at Latrun for a special meeting of the IDF General Staff forum. At 14:00, Ariel Sharon will be laid to rest in a military funeral at the Shikmim Farm, alongside his wife Lili.