Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon has died after spending nearly eight years in a coma that followed a stroke. Sharon was highly controversial — both loved and hated. And few individuals in recent memory have had as much of an influence on the recent history of the Middle East.
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fought in the country's war of independence and was one of the dominant figures in Israel's history. So why did so few people show up to pay their respects when his coffin was on display this weekend? Reporter Daniel Estrin has some possible reasons.
Israelis laid its former prime minister Ariel Sharon to rest on Monday. The military commander-turned-politician stunned Israelis by making a political turnaround in 2005 and pulling thousands of Jewish settlers out of the Gaza Strip. To some, though, the move was totally in line with his focus on the country's security.
Ariel Sharon was a giant of Israeli culture for many years. On Sunday, he finally died — after spending eight years in a coma. Israel cartoonist Amos Biderman loved Sharon, loved drawing him to be exact.
The World's Lisa Mullins speaks with Gregory Levy, a former speech writer for the Israeli government and author of the book "Shut Up, I'm Talking - and other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government."