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Israelis pay last respects to Ariel Sharon. The former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s body lay in state on Sunday outside parliament in Jerusalem, where thousands of Israelis waited to bid farewell to the maverick warrior-statesman who reshaped the Middle East.

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In this Tuesday Aug. 10, 2004 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visits the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat. Israel's former prime minister, died on Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago. (AP Photo/Heidi Levine, Pool, File)

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Members of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. 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 Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

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Israel's President Shimon Peres lays a wreath next the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset Plaza, Israeli Parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. 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 Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

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Israeli soldiers from a paratroopers unit once commanded by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rehearse to serve as honour guard at his funeral on Monday, near Sycamore Farm, Sharon's residence in southern Israel, January 12, 2014. Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who stunned Arab foes with his dramatic turnarounds, died on Saturday aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

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Israelis pass by the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in front of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. 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 Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

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In this Israeli Defense Ministry photo, Gen. Ariel Sharon, right, meets with Defense Minister Moshe Dayan after Sharon led his troops across the Suez Canal in Egypt during the Yom Kippur War in October 1973. Sharon, who later rose to serve as Israel's prime minister, died on Jan. 11, 2014. He was 85.

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In this Israeli Defense Ministry photo, Ariel Sharon holds a gun as a young commander in the Alexandroni Brigade of the fledging Israeli Army in 1948. Sharon, who later rose to serve as Israel's prime minister, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. He was 85.

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Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon smiles during a meeting with army and police forces at an army base near Jerusalem in this file picture taken January 5, 2005. 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 January 11, 2014 aged 85, Israeli Army radio said, quoting a relative of his family.

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Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, right, tours the advancing Israeli Army units near Beirut in 1982 in this Israeli Defense Ministry photo. Sharon, who was both vilified and admired for his belief that Jews must assert and defend their collective needs without embarrassment or fear of censure, died in a hospital outside Tel Aviv on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. He was 85.

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Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before their bilateral meeting in New York Thursday Sept. 15, 2005. Sharon died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at age 85.

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President George W. Bush looks on as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, right, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas turned to shake hands after a summit in Aqaba, Jordan in June 2003. Sharon, who was both vilified and admired for his belief that Jews must assert and defend their collective needs without embarrassment or fear of censure, died in a hospital outside Tel Aviv on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. He was 85.

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In this Dec. 1, 2005 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon smiles during a question and answer session with Israeli news editors at the Journalist's Association in Tel Aviv, Israel. 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 Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago.

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Israeli Major General in the Reserves Ariel Sharon smiles near the Suez Canal, then occupied by Israel, in this October 31, 1973 file handout picture released by the Government Press Office. Ariel Sharon has passed away on January 11, 2014 at the age of 85.

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Israeli Foreign Minister-designate Ariel Sharon takes a ride on a mini-tractor on his ranch in southern Israel with his wife Lily and one of his grandchildren October 9. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Friday Sharon's appointment in the run-up to a Washington peace summit with the Palestinians starting October

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stands on the outskirts of Mevessert Zion, west of Jerusalem, as he overlooks a part of the controversial Israeli barrier being constructed between here and Har Adar (in distance) near the Palestinian villages of Beit Surik and Beit Iksa November 8, 2005. Sharon on Tuesday toured the separation fence surrounding Jerusalem, parts of which had to be rerouted on orders of the Israel courts.

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Israel's Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon (L) 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 this handout file picture taken October 18, 1998 and released by the Israeli Government Press Office.

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