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Ariel Sharon
אריאל שרון
Ariel Sharon, by Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution).jpg
Sharon speaking as Israeli Foreign Minister in the United States, 1998
11th Prime Minister of Israel
In office
7 March 2001 – 14 April 2006*
PresidentMoshe Katsav
DeputyEhud Olmert
Preceded byEhud Barak
Succeeded byEhud Olmert
Personal details
Ariel Scheinermann

26 February 1928(1928-02-26)
Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine
Died11 January 2014(2014-01-11) (aged 85)
Ramat Gan, Israel
Spouse(s)Margalit Sharon
(m. 1953–1962; her death)
Lily Sharon
(m. 1963–2000; her death)
ChildrenGur (dead), Omri, Gilad
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University
ProfessionMilitary officer

Ariel Sharon (February 26, 1928 – January 11, 2014) was a Israeli politician. Sharon was Prime Minister of Israel from 2001 to 2006.

Early life

Sharon was born on February 27, 1928 in Kfar Malal, British-Palestine. Sharon was in the Israel Army for many years. He fought in numerous battles, and in 1974 he left the army as General. After the army he decided to go to politics.


In 1977, he became Minister of Agriculture. In 1981 he became the Minister of Defence. In 1983, he was sent away from the government as Minister of Defence after he was found to be guilty for not preventing a massacre in Lebanon where many hundreds of civilians were killed by other civilians.

In 2001, he was elected for Prime Minister after the war between Israel and Palestine started. In 2004, he surprised many people when he said that Israel will get out of the Gaza Strip, which is the place where many Palestinian people live.


In December 2005, Sharon was taken into hospital. On January 4, 2006, Sharon was again taken to the hospital. He had a big stroke (bleeding in the brain).

Rumours spread immediately of his death, though these were denied by his physicians. Ehud Olmert, another member of Sharon's newly formed Kadima party, was acting Prime Minister until elections were held in Israel, after which Olmert became Prime Minister of Israel.


Sharon died on January 11, 2014 from heart failure at the hospital in Ramat Gan, Israel, aged 85.[1][2]


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