One day after former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died at age 85, his body lay in state outside the parliament in Jerusalem. Thousands of Israelis reportedly showed up to pay their last respects to the statesmen, who will be buried Monday.
Maryland political, Jewish leaders reflect on Ariel Sharon
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
January 11, 2014
Maryland political and Jewish leaders reflected Saturday on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and said they found hope in the vision for peace in the Middle East that he outlined shortly before suffering a stroke in 2006.
Sen. Ben Cardin extended his sympathies to Sharon’s relatives, who have cared for the leader since he was incapacitated by a stroke.
“For eight years, they have stood vigil as a great general fought the greatest battle of his life,” Cardin said in a statement. “His legacy shall always be an unwavering dedication to the security of the Jewish State of Israel and his willingness to move the peace process forward. May he now find the shalom he always sought for in the land of our ancestors.”
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said Sharon “dedicated his life to building the State of Israel and serving the people of Israel.”