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Ariel Sharon Dead: In His Own Words

11/01/2014 13:38 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT
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Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon arrives in Downing Street, London. Prime Minister Tony Blair was holding talks with his Israeli counterpart, Ariel Sharon, aimed at improving strained relations with Britain and pushing forward the Middle East peace process. *...Mr Sharon's visit to London, during which he was also meeting Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, comes amid ongoing problems in the implementation of the international "road map" plan for ending the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

A formidable warrior and settlement apologist, a peacemaker, and a war criminal. Many contrasting descriptions are sure to be used by analysts in the coming days after Ariel Sharon's death.

Here is Israel's former Prime Minister in his own words.