Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli Prime Minister and military general, died at Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv today, after being in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006. He had fought in three wars before being elected Prime Minister in 2001.
Sharon was born in 1928 to a family of Lithuanian Jews living in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine. As a teenager, he joined the Haganah, which later evolved into the Israeli Defense Forces. He fought in the Suez War of 1956, the Six-Day War of 1967, and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. After retiring from the military, Sharon joined the Likud party, eventually becoming its leader, but later resigned and started a centrist party called Kadima. After being widowed twice, he is survived by his two sons.
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