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    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for three months, will be declared permanently incapacitated Tuesday, a decision that signals the official end of his reign, the Justice Ministry said Sunday......

    Israel to declare Sharon 'incapacitated'

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    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been moved from hospital to a specialist care centre in Tel Aviv.

    Mr Sharon, 78, suffered a major stroke in January and has remained in a coma despite eight operations.

    He was moved from Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital to the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, where doctors say he can receive appropriate long-term care.

    Mr Sharon's deputy, Ehud Olmert, assumed his powers in January and was recently elected prime minister.

    The director of the Sheba centre, Dr Zeev Rotstein, told reporters that Mr Sharon's treatment would be "difficult, because in his condition, complications are expected."

    Correspondents say the move away from the Hadassah hospital signals an acceptance that Mr Sharon is unlikely to emerge from his coma any time soon.

    "We will treat him as best we can. It is not a short-term treatment, we are talking about long-term treatment," Dr Rotstein added.

    Mr Sharon, a former army commander who fought in a series of Middle East wars, held a number of cabinet positions before he became prime minister in 2001.

    He is among the best known politicians in Israel's history, but is widely hated by many in the Arab world.

    His tenure in office was dominated by security concerns, and he pushed through Israel's withdrawal from settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005.

    Sharon moved for long-term care

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      Hospital officials: Ariel Sharon's condition has worsened

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        The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - who has been in a coma for six months - has worsened, doctors treating him say.

        They said there had been a deterioration in his kidney function and changes in the brain tissue over the past two days.

        Tests are to continue on Mr Sharon, 78, at a Tel Aviv hospital where he is receiving specialist long-term care.

        He fell into a coma after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage in January.

        "Over the last two days the condition of Mr Sharon has worsened on the level of the kidneys and an examination of the brain showed a deterioration in the cerebral tissue," said Orly Levy, a hospital spokeswoman.

        However, Associated Press news agency quoted former aides to Mr Sharon as saying there was no immediate danger to his life.

        Mr Sharon was moved from Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital in May to a specialist centre at Tel Hashomer for long-term care.

        His deputy, Ehud Olmert, assumed his powers in January before being elected prime minister in March.

        Mr Sharon held a number of cabinet positions before he became prime minister in 2001.

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          Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was transferred to the intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer on Wednesday.

          In a statement, the hospital said Sharon was taken to an emergency unit to drain fluids in his body.

          According to the hospital, Sharon's blood will be filtered to remove excess fluids that have accumulated due to declined kidney function. He is also receiving antibiotics intravenously to treat a bacterial infection in his blood.

          "The treatment is meant to be conducted within the next few days, in an emergency care unit," the statement said.

          In May, the former prime minister was moved to Sheba's respiratory rehabilitation unit, after being hospitalized at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem in Jerusalem since his massive stroke on January 4. At Hadassah, Sharon underwent several very complex operations. He has not regained consciousness since the stroke, and is breathing with the aid of a respirator.

          Senior rehabilitative physicians who are not involved in Sharon's treatment have described his condition as vegetative, and say the likelihood of an improvement in his condition is almost nil.

          Former PM Ariel Sharon transferred to intensive care unit

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            JERUSALEM, Aug. 14,(Xinhua) - The condition of Israel's former prime minister Ariel Sharon deteriorates, Britain's Sky News television reported on Monday.

            Condition of Sharon deteriorates

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              JERUSALEM - Ariel Sharon's condition has deteriorated, the hospital where the ailing former Israeli prime minister is being treated announced Monday. A spokeswoman wouldn't say whether Sharon's life was in danger, but said doctors were treating him with broad-spectrum antibiotics and steroids.

              A new scan showed a deterioration in his brain function, his urine output has decreased significantly and a chest scan showed that he has a new infection in his lungs, according to Anat Dolev, spokeswoman for the Chaim Sheba Medical Center.

              Sharon, 78, has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke Jan. 4. He underwent several extensive brain surgeries to stop cerebral hemorrhaging, in addition to more minor procedures.

              After spending months in the hospital where he was initially treated, Sharon was transferred to the long-term care facility at Sheba hospital in May.

              Sharon was rushed into intensive care July 26 to undergo dialysis because his kidneys were failing. Hospital officials said they also noticed changes in his brain membrane.

              In December, Sharon had a small stroke. He was put on blood thinners and then suffered the severe brain hemorrhage in January.

              Sharon's condition deteriorates further

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                Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been moved to intensive care after developing an infection, the hospital treating him has said.
                Mr Sharon, 78, has been in a coma since suffering a major stroke in January.

                "Sharon contracted an infection that is affecting his heart and will receive intensive treatment to combat the infection," the hospital said.

                "At this point, his condition is stable," added the statement from the Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv.

                Mr Sharon has not regained consciousness since undergoing brain surgery.

                His condition has fluctuated throughout the year.

                For several months Mr Sharon was treated by the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he was rushed for emergency treatment in January.

                After several operations on his brain, he was moved from Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital in May to a specialist centre for long-term care.

                He subsequently developed pneumonia, and has also undergone kidney dialysis.

                Sharon admitted to intensive care

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                  The comatose Ariel Sharon was in an intensive care unit after an infection attacked his heart, raising new concerns about his survival.

                  The former Israeli leader's overall condition had suffered a deterioration but was now stable, a hospital official said yesterday.

                  Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a major stroke in January, contracted a new infection that affected his heart, said David Weinberg, a spokesman for the Chaim Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.

                  "At this point, his condition is stable," Weinberg said.

                  The hospital refused to comment further.

                  Experts have speculated that because of the severity of his stroke, Sharon, Israel's prime minister from 2001 to 2006, is unlikely to recover.

                  Dr. Barbara Paris, director of geriatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City, said that even with the best possible treatment, such an infection in Sharon's circumstances renders the situation critical.

                  "Mr. Sharon's condition was precarious prior to development of this infection," said Paris, who is not involved in Sharon's treatment. "A superimposed heart infection portends an extremely grave prognosis."

                  Sharon, 78, has undergone several extensive brain operations to stop cerebral hemorrhaging, in addition to more minor procedures.

                  He had a small stroke in December and was put on blood thinners before experiencing a severe brain hemorrhage on Jan. 4. After months in the Jerusalem hospital where he was initially treated, Sharon was transferred to the long-term care facility at Sheba hospital in May.

                  He was rushed into intensive care in July for dialysis after his kidneys began failing, but was transferred back to Sheba after his condition improved.

                  Sharon lapsed into a coma just months after he ended Israel's 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip and bolted his hard-line Likud Party to form the centrist Kadima faction.

                  After the stroke, Sharon's successor, Ehud Olmert, led Kadima to victory in a March 28 vote and became prime minister.

                  Comatose Sharon 'stable' after being rushed to intensive care

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                    That's the most hideous picture....

                    When I saw "incapacitated" i thought it said "decapitated" ....

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                      Former prime minister Ariel Sharon was taken out of intensive care on Monday morning, after three days of treatment for a dangerous infection, the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer announced.

                      Doctors said that Sharon, comatose since suffering a stroke in January, had been moved to intensive care when the infection threatened his heart function.

                      The hospital said doctors treated the infection and transferred Sharon back to the respiratory ward, where he has been hospitalized since being moved to Sheba in May.

                      He has undergone several extensive brain operations to stop cerebral hemorrhaging, in addition to several minor procedures.

                      Sharon lapsed into a coma just months after he ended Israel's 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip and bolted his hard-line Likud Party to form the centrist Kadima faction.

                      After the stroke, Sharon's successor, Ehud Olmert, led Kadima to victory in a March 28 vote and became prime minister.

                      Sharon out of intensive care, infection responds to treatment

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                        "It turns out he left no legacy at all. He left a ruined country and a torn-apart society."

                        A year ago today Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, was sitting at his farm in the Negev desert when he complained of chest pains.

                        Sharon had suffered a minor stroke two weeks previously, so it was decided that he should be taken by ambulance to hospital in Jerusalem.

                        At some point on the hour-long journey, he suffered a huge brain haemorrhage and lapsed into a coma, which has endured until now.

                        That same evening Ehud Olmert, his deputy, was appointed prime minister, a position he has held ever since.

                        Sharon's biggest achievement as prime minister was Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and the forging of a political group, Kadima, to carry out further withdrawals in the West Bank. But as one commentator remarked as the prime minister lay in hospital, "If Sharon goes, everything changes."

                        Sharon has left office but remains alive in a persistent vegetative state in Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv. Occasionally his eyes open, a common reflex in such cases. But his body is under constant attack from infection.

                        His political legacy is also under siege. Gaza appears to be as great a problem for Israel as before, and Kadima's period of elected office has been beset by almost daily scandals.

                        For his former colleagues in the Likud party, the withdrawal from Gaza was an unnecessary distraction from more important problems, such as Iran. For his former colleagues in the settler movement, Sharon's removal of Jewish communities was a fundamental error that endangered the existence of the state.

                        Uzi Arad, a former advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu, said that while it was clear "disengagement" from Gaza had not lived up to the promises that Sharon had made for it, only time would tell whether it was a catastrophic diversion of attention for Israel.

                        "Only when we know if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons will we know if Sharon was wise to focus on Gaza rather than concentrating on the emerging threat from Iran," he said.

                        "If Iran goes nuclear, it will imply that Sharon was terribly wrong in insisting on disengagement from Gaza, which was a non-urgent and non-relevant matter, which could have been carried out 10 years before or 10 years after."

                        Many of today's problems in Gaza were inherent in Sharon's plan. Little attention was paid to how Gaza was going to interact with the outside world, the West Bank and Israel, and an isolated and impoverished enclave was unlikely to prosper or remain stable.

                        But Sharon stood for more than one disengagement, and it was to this end that he broke the Israeli political status quo to form Kadima. Olmert, as Sharon's heir, persuaded the electorate to trust him, although with fewer votes than Sharon might have expected.

                        Olmert enjoyed a three-month honeymoon as caretaker prime minister; the problems came when he was elected prime minister in his own right.

                        "Olmert's high point was his first three months, when he kept silent," said Yaron Ezrahi, a political scientist at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. "When he started to talk, he showed a lack of competence, courage and decisiveness. He projected a sense of power when he was with Sharon, but when Sharon went, so did the power."

                        Olmert presided over the messy formation of a coalition and a disastrous war that would have been a difficult problem even for Sharon. Allegations of corruption and criminality at the heart of government continued to emerge all year.

                        A survey of the Israeli press reveals a sense of crisis in the army, bureaucracy and government. The president faces charges of rape. The former minister of justice is being tried for sexual assault. The prime minister, like Sharon, is encumbered with corruption investigations. And there are 40 investigations into Israel's conduct of its war in Lebanon this summer.

                        In an opinion poll published in Ha'aretz on Thursday, 77% said they believed Olmert was not doing a good job, and 60% believed his personal integrity was "not good".

                        Even with Kadima, only 25% believe Olmert should be prime minister, with 60% preferring Tzippi Livni, the foreign minister.

                        Sharon did not articulate what the second phase of disengagement would be, but strategists guessed that it would mean a dismantling of settlements outside the security barrier. The political failure of Olmert, which the Lebanon war compounded, means it is all but impossible that there will be further withdrawals in the term of this government.

                        "Sharon's most recent legacy was the decision to reverse the settlement project and unfold them," said Ezrahi.

                        "The tragedy is that Olmert does not have the power to carry it on. Sharon's success was his enormous political power, which allowed him to defy his own party and create a new one. Olmert has demonstrated a failure in leadership which is even more stark in comparison to that of Sharon before him."

                        Israel Harel, a settler leader who planned the expansion of settlements with Sharon for decades, believes Sharon's mistake was to court western opinion instead of focusing on the Middle Eastern strategic realities that govern Israel's existence.

                        "It turns out he left no legacy at all. He left a ruined country and a torn-apart society," he said.

                        "This was proven in the war. In the war there was no motivation to fight because the commanders had been infected by international and liberal trends that have no place in the Middle East."

                        A political legacy under siege

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                          November 10, 2010 -- Former Israeli prime minster Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for almost five years, may return home within days, according to a family friend and Israeli media reports. Sharon, 82, the political and military hero of the Israeli right, has been in a hospital bed since January 2006, after suffering a massive stroke. He is now in a vegetative state in the respiratory rehabilitation unit in Sheba medical centre, near Tel Aviv. The former hawkish Likud leader – who went on to form the centrist Kadima party – will be moved to Sycamore Ranch, his vast farm in the western Negev, not far from the Gaza strip. The ranch, where his wife is buried, was known as the beloved retreat of the man widely despised in the Arab world for his role in the massacres at Sabra and Chatila refugee camps outside Beirut in 1982. Raanan Gissin, a former Sharon adviser and family friend, confirmed that he "will be moved in the next few days, but the exact date cannot be disclosed for security reasons". Gissin said "the family has been looking forward to the move for a long time, but now everything is ready in the farm". The family and hospital officials have declined to comment on Sharon's exact condition. Gissin said the former prime minister was breathing independently and not attached to a respirator. However, he added that Sharon occasionally needed an oxygen mask.

                          The Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Ahronot said police had received notice of the expected transfer, saying that it was planned for the weekend. Contacted by phone, Omri Sharon, one of the former prime minister's two sons, declined to confirm the press reports. Zeev Rotstein, head of Sheba medical centre, will meet the Sharon family tomorrow to "hear their wishes", a spokesman for the hospital said. "We as a hospital will do everything to help them with their plans," he said. The centre issued a statement last night saying hospital staff had begun talking to the family about his release almost two years ago. It added that "the preparations for Mr Sharon's return to his home are being made by his family" but that the hospital would assist. The hospital said it would provide training for private nurses and the other people needed. Doctors who had been treating Sharon would also offer technical and medical assistance if needed. A parliamentary committee this week approved 1.6 million Israeli shekels (£272,500) in annual funding for Sharon's medical treatment.

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                            Vendredi 12 Novembre 2010 -- L'ancien homme fort d'Israël Ariel Sharon, en coma prolongé depuis près de cinq ans, a été transféré vendredi dans sa ferme familiale du sud d'Israël, pour une période d'essai en vue d'une hospitalisation définitive à domicile. L'ambulance transportant l'ex-Premier ministre est arrivée en début de matinée dans la Ferme des Sycomores, la propriété de la famille Sharon près de la ville de Sdérot, non loin de la bande de Gaza. Selon Shlomo Noi, le chef du service de réanimation de l'hôpital Sheba, près de Tel-Aviv, où il est soigné, Ariel Sharon doit réintégrer son service dès dimanche. L'opération sera renouvelée à plusieurs reprises avant que les médecins soient certains que le patient pourra être soigné chez lui de façon permanente, a ajouté le médecin, cité par la radio militaire. "C'est un processus progressif lorsqu'un hôpital autorise la sortie d'un malade chronique en vue de le faire rentrer chez lui. C'est le processus normal où on vérifie que l'environnement médical dans lequel on va installer le patient en permanence est approprié", a expliqué le Dr Noi. Selon ce dernier, trois ou quatre transferts temporaires dans la ferme - de 48 heures chacun - au cours desquels le personnel hospitalier supervisera le traitement d'Ariel Sharon, seront nécessaires avant son installation définitive à domicile.

                            Considéré comme brutal, voire comme un "criminel de guerre" par les Palestiniens pour son attitude envers les civils, en particulier lors du massacre de Sabra et Chatila, des camps de réfugiés de Beyrouth livrés en septembre 1982 à des milices alliées à Israël pendant l'invasion du Liban, l'ancien général achève sa vie à l'écart. Forte personnalité, il a été durant des décennies l'enfant chéri du camp nationaliste avant d'en devenir la bête noire en procédant au retrait unilatéral de la bande de Gaza en 2005, au prix de l'évacuation de 8.000 colons israéliens installés dans 21 implantations. Ariel Sharon, pilier du Likoud, le grand parti de la droite nationaliste, pendant plusieurs décennies, a redessiné la même année la carte politique israélienne en créant le parti centriste Kadima, peu avant d'être terrassé par une attaque cérébrale. Le transfert de l'hôpital à la ferme des Sycomores a été supervisé par le Shin Bet, le service de sécurité intérieure israélien, selon les médias israéliens. L'appareillage médical pour le maintien des fonctions vitales d'Ariel Sharon avait été récemment transporté dans la propriété familiale, toute proche de Gaza, à la demande de ses deux fils Gilad et Omri. C'est dans cette propriété que l'ancien Premier ministre aimait se retirer. Ariel Sharon, 82 ans, a été terrassé par une attaque cérébrale le 4 janvier 2006. Il est depuis dans le coma, ses fils ayant décidé de le maintenir en vie sous assistance médicale.

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