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Israel's media salute controversial hero Sharon

Published on Jan 12, 2014 5:54 PM
 

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli media on Sunday lavished praise on former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died the previous day in hospital after eight years in a coma.

But along with plaudits for his military and political courage there was also acknowledgement of an arrogant and devious side to his complex personality.

"The life of Ariel Sharon and the life of the state of Israel were intertwined into a single cord," commentator Nahum Barnea wrote in the top-selling Yediot Aharonot daily, in a piece entitled "The warrior rests."

"He was everything the fathers of the state dreamed they would see in the generation of the sons, the natives of the Land of Israel: a handsome and strong farmer who works the land, a soldier for life.

Members of the Knesset guard carry the flag draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as he is laid in state at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, on Jan 12, 2014. Israeli media on Sunday lavished praise on former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died the previous day in hospital after eight years in a coma. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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