11/01/2014 13:38 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT

Ariel Sharon Dead: In His Own Words

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Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon at Downing Street, London

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.