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Middle East Israel bids farewell to Ariel Sharon, as it grapples with his divisive legacy

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon passed on today in Tel Aviv. But the intense debate over his leadership lives on, reflecting divergent visions for Israel, especially its settler movement.

By Staff writer / January 11, 2014

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Israel bid farewell today to the last – if perhaps most controversial – of its founding generation of leaders, former general and prime minister Ariel Sharon, who passed on after a long illness.