(FILES) Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (L) and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas shake hands before their bilateral meeting at a peace summit 08 February, 2005 at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. AFP PHOTO/GPO/AVI OHAYAN
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A look at the life of Ariel Sharon, Israel's former prime minister who died Saturday at the age of 851948: Having joined Jewish guerrillas at age 14 in war against British rule in Palestine, Sharon serves with distinction in Israel's war of independence and is severely wounded in battle.Sharon says later he thought the houses were empty.1977: Likud wins election and is joined by Sharon, who has been elected to parliament on separate ticket.1986: Sharon wins libel suit against Time Magazine in U.S., where a jury finds the magazine made a factual error in claiming a secret Israeli report said Sharon had discussed revenge with Lebanese officials before the massacre.1997: An Israeli court dismisses another libel suit filed by Sharon against an Israeli journalist who wrote that Sharon had deceived former Prime Minister Menachem Begin in leading the country to war. 2003: Wins early elections and remains prime minister.Nov. 12, 2010: Sharon is moved to his ranch in southern Israel.
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