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The life of Israel's former prime minister Ariel Sharon

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Mr. Sharon watches an aerial drop through binoculars June 8, 1967 in the Sinai peninsula during the 1967 Middle East War.

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Israeli Major General Ariel Sharon speaks with former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion during a tour of Israeli army posts along the Israeli-Egyptian border on Jan. 27, 1971.


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Mr. Sharon, right, recovering from a head injury, is seen with Moshe Dayan on the western side of the Suez Canal on October, 1973, in this photo provided by the Israeli Defense Ministry.


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Mr. Sharon, second from the left, sits in a jeep during a tour on October, 1973, in this photo provided by the Israeli Defense Ministry.


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Then-Israeli Major General Ariel Sharon with Likud party leader Menahem Begin in the Sinai Peninsula in June 7, 1977.


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Mr. Sharon shakes hands with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Haifa on Sept. 4, 1979.

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Mr. Sharon stands on the banks of the Suez Canal following an official visit to Egypt on Jan. 21, 1982, in this government press office photo.

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Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Defence Secretary Casper Weinberger inspect a pilotless airplane on Sept. 2, 1982.


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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greets Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade Ariel Sharon during a reception in honour of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on May 26, 1986


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Mr. Sharon speaks with Menahem Porush, Deputy Minister of Labor and Welfare, on June 11, 1991, in this government press office photo.

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Mr. Sharon sits on a bench with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during the Middle East peace summit at the Wye River Conference centre in Maryland on Oct. 18, 1998.

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Mr. Sharon greets U.S. President Bill Clinton during a reception at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on Dec. 12, 1998.

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Outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks toward his Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon as they chat during a May 30, 1999, cabinet meeting.

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Mr. Sharon looks up as his touches Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem on Feb. 7, 2001.

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Mr. Sharon views the Gaza Strip with Israeli Army Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz, right, and Israeli Defence Minister Benyamin Ben Eliezer, left, on April 10, 2001.

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Mr. Sharon sits beside Israeli army Deputy Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon during a helicopter flight to northern Israel on April 4, 2002.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon attends the inauguration of an elementary school in the southern Israeli Beduin town of Rahat on Aug. 10, 2004.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, after his government's proposed Gaza disengangement plan was approved in a vote in Jerusalem on Oct. 26, 2004.

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A picture of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from 1997 hangs on the wall as part of a historical gallery in a hallway at the Knesset (Israel's parliament) in Jerusalem on Jan. 8, 2006.

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