The Jerusalem hospital that has been treating former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the former leader is to be transferred to a long-term care facility.

The Hadassah Hospital says the 78-year-old Sharon is to be moved next week to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital, near Tel Aviv.  

Sharon has been comatose since suffering a massive stroke January fourth.  In April, the Israeli Cabinet declared him permanently incapacitated.  He was replaced by Ehud Olmert.

Medical experts say Mr. Sharon is in a vegetative state, and the chances that he will ever regain consciousness are slim.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.