Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dead at Age 85

Israeli leader was best known for 1982 invasion of Lebanon and unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza strip.
3:00 | 01/11/14

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Transcript for Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dead at Age 85
And now we -- breaking news this morning the death of a man who was once one of the most powerful and controversial men in the Middle East. Tiger mother former Israeli prime minister aerial drone he has died and ABC's -- mark part. Has his story. It was as a soldier that -- her own became one of Israel's most famous sons. And as a politician. One of its most controversial. Of brilliant military tactician Peron became a national hero. Routing the egyptians in the -- day and young -- poorer -- Others called him ruthless. During the 1982. Lebanon war he was accused of helping Lebanese Christian militants in Beirut massacre of hundreds of Palestinian refugees. Sure roan was born in 1928 in -- western Palestine after Israel gained independence he shot up through the ranks of the Israel defense forces. A darling of the right wing through -- with an architect of the settlement program was fighting for his big in Israel as possibility. And in September 2000 and created a firestorm when he visited the Muslim controlled -- Rahman Sharif or temple mount. Violent clashes led to the second Intifada. A few months later -- was elected prime minister. But then a political 180. In August 2005. He expelled almost 101000 Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip -- -- was labeled a traitor by many on the right. He then formed the centrist Kadima Party to advance peace talks with the Palestinians. But in December her own had a stroke and since January 4 2006. Had been in a -- It's impossible to say what mr. -- would have achieved had he continued on his -- His life and legacy are full of twists and turns. But always at the forefront of his mind was securing Israel. Alex Marquardt ABC news London. Aerial Sharon was 85 years old then Alex at this point is there's so much contemplation about what he would have achieved and where he would have gone had he survived was a huge -- that country's history.

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