Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dies after 8 years in coma

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The man some love to hate and others love to love is no longer here.

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, died Saturday – eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never recovered.

Sharon, who was 85, was most remembered for his life in three parts – his time in uniform, his years as a politician and his term as a PM.

Many believe Sharon helped re-shape the entire Middle East during his career.

He was a national war hero to many Israelis for his leadership in the military and in politics. But, many in the Arab world criticized him for his use of force.

“I think in the Arab world, he is a very controversial figure and most likely will not be looked upon positively because he was nicknamed, ‘The Bulldozer,” said Edward Djerejian, Former. U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

On the flip side, the man known as “The Bulldozer” has his fair share of supporters. With news of his passing, leaders across the world are sharing their thoughts through tweets and statements.

So, even though Sharon is gone, his legacy, good or bad, will live on forever.

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