01/11/2014 10:45 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Ariel Sharon Bestrode His Country's History For More Than 50 Years

Few global figures were as compelling as Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has died aged 85. A remarkable blend of maverick and mainstay, he fought in all of Israel's main wars and gave the impression of having been involved in every political development since the nation's birth in 1948. He was left in a persistent vegetative state by a massive stroke in January 2006.

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