Former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon died in hospital near Tel Aviv Saturday after eight years in a coma, prompting a flood of tributes in Israel but contempt from Palestinians. He was 85.
Ariel Sharon gestures towards Jerusalem's Old City on July 24, 2000, on the Mount of Olives during a rally to protest any land concessions in Jerusalem to the Palestinians, when he was leader of the opposition in Israel
"He's gone," his son Gilad told reporters at the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel HaShomer. "He went when he decided to go."
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