Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon's health deteriorates with renal failure

By Charlotte Oliver, January 2, 2014

The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has worsened "in the past few days" and he is now suffering from kidney failure, according to the hospital that is treating him.

The 85-year-old has been in a coma since January 4 2006, after having a major stroke at the height of his political career.


On this day: Gaza settlements evacuated

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

As Israeli soldiers began removing Jewish Gaza residents from their homes, pictures of clashes, stories about the settlers and why they did not leave and musings about what Gaza would be like after appeared in newspapers around the world.


On this day: An anti-disengagement protest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

It would be the first major rally in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister’s proposal to unilaterally withdraw from parts of the West Bank and Gaza – but by no means the last.

At the rally, held in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, one settler proclaimed: "It will bring hundreds of casualties to the Israeli side because everyone will understand that terrorism will win in this war.”


On this day: Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Just six months after he oversaw Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Ariel Sharon’s time in office was over. He had arguably staked his career on the move, breaking ranks with his party and risking a permanent divide in Israeli society with what many of the country’s right-wing saw as a betrayal.


On this day: Saddam Hussein is captured

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

On March 20 2003 the US-led invasion of Iraq began and within three weeks the Iraqi government had fallen. But while the statue of Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled on April 9, the army’s attempts to hit him with air strikes failed twice and when Baghdad fell his whereabouts were unknown.

In the months after the invasion, rumours of sightings abounded, but it was not until December that he was found in an isolated farmhouse in ad-Dawr near Tikrit.


Ariel Sharon to be moved to Negev ranch

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2010

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is to be moved from his Tel Aviv hospital bed to his home in the Negev.

According to Israel’s Ynet newspaper, following a request from his sons an ambulance will take Mr Sharon to Sycamore Ranch, where his wife Lily was buried after her death in 2000.

The intention is for him to go there permanently but he will initially be there for only a few days while medical procedures are checked.

Dr Shlomo Noi, from Tal Hashomer hospital, said: "There has been no improvement reported in his condition.


Life-size Sharon on show in Tel Aviv gallery

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2010

Nearly five years after he went into a coma Ariel Sharon is to be immortalised in a Tel Aviv art gallery.

A life-size sculpture of the former Israeli prime minister, who suffered a stroke in January 2005, will go on display in a Tel Aviv art gallery.

The war hero and politician, who climbed the political ladder as a member of Likud but in 2005 founded the centrist Kadima party, has been unconscious ever since his stroke.


Reports of Sharon's death exaggerated on Twitter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

Ariel Sharon has not died, despite what Twitter users might have heard.

The former Israeli prime minister’s demise was reported on the social networking site last week.

The news was so widely circulated that a spokesman from Sheba Medical Centre had to make a public statement denying the rumours.

Mr Sharon was hospitalised in January 2006 with a stroke and has been in a coma ever since.

According to Ha’aretz, the majority of the Tweets came from Arab countries or Iranian or Palestinian users.


Report: Israel failed Gaza settlement evacuees

By James Lewis, June 16, 2010

A new report into the fate of the settlers evacuated from Gaza has accused successive Israeli governments of “absolute and complete failure” in dealing with them.

The state commission inquiry showed that 70 per cent of the settlers, who were forced to leave their Gush Katif homes during the Gaza withdrawal in 2005, have still not been found permanent homes. A large majority of those 9,000 who were removed from Gaza have still not been properly compensated and are currently living in temporary dwellings.


Israel marks four years of Ariel Sharon's coma

By Jessica Elgot, January 4, 2010

Israel has marked the fourth anniversary of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s coma after a massive stroke.

Mr Sharon, 81, has been in a coma since 2006 and is currently in a care facility in Ra’anana, outside Tel Aviv. He suffered a stroke several months after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

He was elected Prime Minister in 2001 as head of Likud, but abandoned his old party after making enemies when he backed the withdrawal from Gaza.