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January 11, 2014 - 8:40 am
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Secretary of State John Kerry honored former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a “big bear” today while dropping hints of his current quest to forge a Mideast peace deal.

Sharon died at age 85 after eight years in a stroke-induced coma.

“Ariel Sharon’s journey was Israel’s journey. The dream of Israel was the cause of his life, and he risked it all to live that dream,” Kerry said in a statement. “I remember reading about Arik in the papers when I was a young lawyer in Boston and marveling at his commitment to cause and country. I will never forget meeting with this big bear of a man when he became prime minister as he sought to bend the course of history toward peace, even as it meant testing the patience of his own longtime supporters and the limits of his own, lifelong convictions in the process. He was prepared to make tough decisions because he knew that his responsibility to his people was both to ensure their security and to give every chance to the hope that they could live in peace.”

Kerry recently visited Jerusalem to try to wrest concessions out of Israel to force the Fatah-aligned Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn the line at Kerry’s attempts to include a capital in “greater Jerusalem” for Palestinians in the framework.

“During his years in politics, it is no secret that there were times the United States had differences with him. But whether you agreed or disagreed with his positions – and Arik was always crystal clear about where he stood – you admired the man who was determined to ensure the security and survival of the Jewish State. In his final years as prime minister, he surprised many in his pursuit of peace, and today, we all recognize, as he did, that Israel must be strong to make peace, and that peace will also make Israel stronger. We honor Arik’s legacy and those of Israel’s founding generation by working to achieve that goal,” Kerry continued.

President Obama sent his condolences “on the loss of a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel.”

“We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries and our two peoples,” Obama said. “We continue to strive for lasting peace and security for the people of Israel, including through our commitment to the goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honoring his commitment to his country.”

Vice President Joe Biden announced in his statement that he would lead the U.S. delegation to Sharon’s funeral.

“Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Ariel Sharon. We send our condolences to his family and to his beloved nation of Israel,” Biden said. “I look forward to leading the U.S. delegation to his memorial service, to pay respects to the man and to pay tribute to the unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel.”

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ARIEL SHARON

who died on the Jewish sabbath (the holiest day of the Jewish week), and was laid to rest on the anniversary of the publication of Emile Zola's "I Accuse," is with the angels in heaven...with all good gentiles (like Zola) and righteous Jews.

Fior more on this great man's death click www.apollospeaks.com

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The US is now forcing Israel to release some horrific murderers of Israelis.

The Afghans just released a bunch of horrific murderers of Americans.

Does anyone not see the connection? There is only one God, and He works measure for measure.
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Old Ajax, lauded by a old Jackass.

Hee haw, he hawlways brays good wurlitzer.

But i don't care how much Kerry says he admired him, Sharon was a great warrior for mankind.
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Kerry called him a Big Bear and Biden thinks he's going skiing in California.
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"unshakable committment", "unshakable partnership". Unshakable. Unshakable? I have watched their actions. They keep using that word. I don't think they know what that word means.
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They are unshakable because they shatter before they can shake. Shake means back & forth, implying that after 'back' there's something left to 'forth' with.
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I am sick and tired of these shameless Leftist schmucks, hijacking every sad or horrific event imaginable, and using it as a vehicle to push this or that Leftist policy, now repackaged as "in tribute to" or "in memory of" those involved in these sad events or tragedies, no matter how those involved in these sad events or tragedies might have objected to or opposed and vigorously fought against those very same Leftist policies.
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Ariel Sharon died of the results of his stroke so we send our own stroke patient VP to his funeral.

That's not even funny any more.
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