TODAY | January 11, 2014
>> former israeli prime minister ariel sharon has died. the 85-year-old was in a coma for the last eight years after suffering a stroke. sharon fought for israeli independence , eventually becoming a general in the israeli defense forces . he played major roles at the top of the israeli government and was known for his hawkish position toward the palestinians. but after sharon became prime minister in 2001 , he pushed for the withdrawal of israeli settlements in the west bank and in gaza.