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Hospital: Ex-Israel PM Sharon faces 'imminent' death
Published Sunday 05/01/2014 (updated) 06/01/2014 11:56
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Ariel Sharon addressing a press conference in Jerusalem on
Nov. 16, 2005 (AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
TEL AVIV (AFP) -- Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was on Sunday facing "imminent" death, the Tel Aviv hospital where he is in critical condition said.

The health of the 85-year-old Sharon, who was dubbed "the Bulldozer" both for his style and physique, has been worsening since Wednesday when he suffered serious kidney problems after surgery.

And on Sunday, the director of Tel Hashomer hospital said Sharon was "still in danger of imminent death" although his "heart is holding out better than we thought."

"I am more pessimistic than I was before ... his vital functions, especially renal, haven't picked up," Zeev Rotstein told reporters.

"I can't see the future, but there's not possible way out of this."

On Friday the hospital said there were traces of infection in Sharon's blood, and that it had not been possible for him to undergo renal dialysis since his other organs were in such a fragile state.

The long-time leader of the rightwing nationalist camp in Israeli politics, Sharon suffered a massive stroke on January 4, 2006, slipping into a coma from which he has never recovered.

Sharon was first elected premier in February 2001, just months after walking through occupied East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in an action that sparked widespread rage and eventually the Second Intifada.

Sharon is remembered by Arabs as the "Butcher of Beirut" for the massacres of Palestinian refugees at Sabra and Shatila by a Lebanese militia, while Israeli troops stood by.

Shortly after his 2006 stroke, Islamist movement Hamas, which now governs Gaza, said the Middle East would be better off without him.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Rami / Palestine
05/01/2014 13:03
Good riddance to bad rubbish. This guy is a genocidal butcher with the blood of thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women, children and elderly on his hands. He deserves an all expense paid trip to Hell ASAP.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
05/01/2014 13:19
Yasser Arafat is remembered as the #1 Palestinian murderous terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians in Israel and dozens of countries. Arafat said his goal was to destroy Israel, but he also got the peace price for finally saying he'll make peace with Israel, even though that has not yet happened. Sharon will be remembered as the Israeli leader who removed the settlements and IDF from Gaza and said he would make peace with the Palestinians.

3 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
05/01/2014 16:03
2@ Sounds like Perez. He's got 6 years to explain his criminal acts to G-d and he failt. No there is a place in hell for him next to other mass murderers.

4 ) Anwar / Qatar
05/01/2014 16:59
#2: Brian Cohen ..."Sharon will be remembered as the Israeli leader who removed the settlements and IDF from Gaza and said he would make peace with the Palestinians..." - Miko Peled gives a slightly different version in his recent 'Final Words on Sharon'. You can read it on www.mikopeled.com Brian. Look forward to your thoughts!

5 ) Mel / USA
05/01/2014 19:37
'imminent'? OH NO! Just keep him breathing until Interpol arrives,to ARREST him as charged for slaughtering innocent human beings,war crimes,cruel,indecent,degrading,unusual punishment of relatively UNARMED civilians,not to mention LYING to Lebanese Phalange about who'd killed their leader,causing Sabra&Shatila massacre.Watch & see which foreign 'leaders' attend his state funeral too?That should be interesting if nauseating!Keep a bucket by your side, jic!

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/01/2014 21:52
To Brain Cohen #2: 'Sharon will be remembered as the Israeli leader who removed the settlements and IDF from Gaza and said he would make peace with the Palestinians...' Actually, Sharon will be remembered as the killer who began his career conducting especially murderous raids into Jordan, went on the orchestrate the massacres at Sabra and Chantilla, and was witnessed personally shooting two toddlers on the streets of Beirut.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/01/2014 21:56
"I am more pessimistic than I was before ... his vital functions, especially renal, haven't picked up," This seems like a non-sequitur. Why would declining vitals from Ariel Sharon be a cause for pessimism? I mean, too early to break out the champagne, but...

8 ) @ Rami-1, Sarah-3, & Mel-5 / Angels Are Waiting
05/01/2014 22:15
-1- "Live and Let Die" is what happened at the "Sabra & Shatila", where Israel avoided a fight, while "genocidal" Arabs "butchered" other Arabs, just like the situation now in Syria !! -3- Arafat already occupies the "place in hell for other mass murderers", and Ariel SHARON will Not be joining him, for A LIFE WELL LIVED. -5- A Good, Meaningful life is it's own reward, and Ariel Sharon served his people well, saving many lives and delivering much needed security !!

9 ) Charles / USA
06/01/2014 17:11
Once this fat murderer is gone, i plan on having a large celebration!

10 ) Robert / US
07/01/2014 00:14
#1 Charles, wheres the celebration ?. I too will celebrate the Butchers death..
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