Clintons say Sharon 'gave his life to Israel'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, an ex-Secretary of State, praised Ariel Sharon on Saturday as a leader who "who gave his life to Israel."
In a statement issued shortly after the former Israeli prime minister's death, the Clintons said: "It was an honour to work with him, argue with him, and watch him always trying to find the right path for his beloved country."
"Ariel Sharon gave his life to Israel - to bring it into being, to sustain and preserve it, and at the end of his long service, to create a new political party committed to both a just peace and lasting security," they added.
Other US politicians also paid tribute to Sharon, who died in hospital near Tel Aviv, aged 85, after eight years in a coma.