By Connie K. Grier
President Obama issued a statement in which he expressed his condolences to the people of Israel on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to politico.com. Obama expressed his and Michelle Obama’s sympathies to the family of Sharon, a man who Obama shared “…dedicated his life to the State of Israel…”
According to CNN, Sharon died Saturday after eight years in a coma, at the age of 85.
The Israeli statesman was a national war hero to many Israelis for his leadership, either as a soldier or as a civilian, during every Israeli war.
Vice President Joe Biden, at Sharon’s memorial service, shared that although Sharon was often embroiled in controversy and at times received condemnation for the decisions he made regarding the State of Israel, “he seemed never in doubt”. Biden also called Sharon “. A complex man…he also lived in complex times and in a complex neighborhood”
Politico.com also shared the President’s words of support for 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. 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.”
The Nation.com described Sharon as a central player in Israeli since the state’s beginning who could be ruthless and used force when necessary. During Sharon’s time as both a soldier and a politician, he never delivered on the promises of peace and security that he made, however that did not stop the people of Israel or others from revering him.