Obama, world react to news of Ariel Sharon’s death

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President Obama expressed sorrow Saturday about the death of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, joining other United States and world leaders in commenting on the life and passing of Sharon.

“On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel on the loss of a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel,” the president said. “We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries and our two peoples.”

The former prime minister and general was at the height of his power when he suffered a stroke in 2006 and fell into an irreversible coma. He died Saturday at 85.

Sharon was “a brave soldier and a daring leader who loved his nation and his nation loved him,” said President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres, a longtime friend and rival. “He was one of Israel’s great protectors and most important architects, who knew no fear and certainly never feared vision.”



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