TODAY   |  January 11, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dead at 85

Ariel Sharon, the former prime minister of Israel, has died. He was in a coma for eight years after suffering a stroke in 2006. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>> 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.