Ariel Sharon, The Butcher of Sabra and Shatila (that kill 3000 of Palestinian Refugees) Dies After 8 Years Coma. What say you?
Is he going to heaven?
Or is he going to hell?
Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dead at 85
(CNN) -- Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died Saturday after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.
Sharon died at Sheba Medical Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Tel Hashomer.
Many in the Arab world called Sharon "the Butcher of Beirut" after he oversaw Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon while serving as defense minister.
He was in his fifth year as prime minister when he suffered a massive stroke in January 2006, which left him comatose.
During the Lebanon war in 1982, Sharon, a former army general then serving as Israeli defense minister, was held indirectly responsible by an Israeli inquiry in 1983 for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. He was forced to resign.
Sharon, who lived on a ranch in the Negev Desert, became prime minister on March 7, 2001.
Ariel Sharon, Fierce Defender of a Strong Israel, Dies at 85
Ariel Sharon, one of the most influential figures in Israel’s history, a military commander and political leader who at the height of his power redrew the country’s electoral map, only to suffer a severe stroke from which he never recovered, died Saturday in a hospital near Tel Aviv. He was 85.
A cunning and unforgiving general who went on to hold nearly every top government post, including prime minister at the time he was struck ill, Mr. Sharon spent his final years in what doctors defined as a state of minimal consciousness in a sterile suite at the hospital, Sheba Medical Center. Visits were restricted for fear of infection.
Israel's ex-PM Ariel Sharon dies
Ariel Sharon was known as The Bulldozer: a larger-than-life, blustering figure who came to dominate the domestic political scene as much by his sheer physical presence as by his rhetoric.
To many Israelis, Sharon was a heroic warrior, having led decisive campaigns in the 1967 and 1973 wars.
But to many Palestinians he was The Butcher, who laid siege to Beirut and was responsible for the deaths of at least 800 civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982.
The world reacts to Ariel Sharon's death
Israeli leaders praise Sharon, while Palestinians express regret he was not brought to justice before he died.
"His memory will forever be held in the heart of the nation," Netanyahu said.
But a senior Palestinian official from the Fatah party blamed Sharon for the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
"Sharon was a criminal, responsible for the assassination of Arafat, and we would have hoped to see him appear before the International Criminal Court as a war criminal," Jibril Rajub said.
Khalil al-Hayya, a leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said: "We will remember Ariel Sharon as the man who killed, destroyed and caused the suffering for several Palestinian generations.