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World Leaders Pay Tribute to Ariel Sharon

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looks on during a meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 2005.Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looks on during a meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 2005.
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looks on during a meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 2005.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looks on during a meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 2005.
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Many world leaders have paid tribute to Ariel Sharon's significant role in Israeli history, and his critics also are speaking out.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, sent their deepest condolences to Sharon's family and the people of Israel. They reaffirmed their "unshakable commitment" to Israel's security and to the goal of "two states living side-by-side in peace and security."
 
Israeli President Shimon Peres, a longtime friend and rival of Sharon, called him a "brave soldier and daring leader" who loved his nation that also loved him.
 
In one of the first comments after announcement of his predecessor's death Saturday at a hospital near Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "deep sorrow, and said Sharon's memory will live forever in the nation's heart.
 
Palestinian leaders denounced Sharon, whom they had strongly opposed throughout his public life. The radical Islamist Hamas faction that now controls Gaza called him a "tyrant," and the leader of the Fatah movement, Jibril Rajoub, called Sharon a "criminal" and expressed regret he was never taken before the International Criminal Court.
 
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Sharon "a hero to his people, first as a soldier and then a statesman." He praised the former prime minister for the "political courage" he displayed in 2005, when Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlers and troops from the Gaza Strip.
 
French President François Hollande said Sharon was a "major actor in the history of his country." Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said Israel has "lost an important leader."
 
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said he was looking forward to paying respects to Sharon by leading the U.S. delegation to his memorial service. House Speaker John Boehner called Sharon one of the "greatest warrior-statesmen in modern history" with an "undisputed" devotion to peace.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sharon was prepared to make "tough decisions because he knew that his responsibility to his people was both to ensure their security and give every chance to the hope that they could live in peace." Kerry said he and others honor his legacy by working to achieve his goal of a strong, peaceful Israel.
 
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his wife, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said in a joint statement they were honored to work with Sharon, argue with him and watch him try to find the right path for his country.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: kehinde Philip from: Nigeria
January 12, 2014 7:14 AM
Which of Nigeria leader will be like Sharon. Loving his people like him.

by: Muhammad from: Iran
January 11, 2014 11:58 PM
Obama,Hollande,,Peres , Netanyahu and Sharon are: birds of a feather flock together .

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