Friday, March 7, 2014
The Associated Press
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• 2003: Wins early elections and remains prime minister. Later starts construction of Israel’s separation barrier in West Bank in response to wave of Palestinian suicide bombings.
• Feb. 8, 2005: Announces, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, cease-fire in Palestinian uprising.
• Aug. 17, 2005: Begins unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and small part of West Bank, after reversing decades of support for Jewish settlement construction and expansion.
• November 2005: Amid growing dissent within Likud over Gaza withdrawal, leaves party with many key allies to found centrist Kadima with eye on elections set for following March 28.
• Dec. 18, 2005: Suffers mild stroke, leaves hospital two days later.
• Jan. 4, 2006: On eve of scheduled heart procedure, suffers massive stroke and falls into coma.
• May 28, 2006: Sharon, still in a coma, is transferred from Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to a long-term-care facility at Tel Aviv’s Chaim Sheba Medical Center.
• Aug. 14, 2006: Doctors announce that condition has greatly deteriorated.
• Nov. 12, 2010: Sharon is moved to his ranch in southern Israel. But days later, he is returned to Sheba.
• Oct. 25, 2011: One of Sharon’s sons says his father can move his eyes and fingers when spoken to.
• Jan. 27, 2013: Medical experts say new tests show significant brain activity by Sharon, but say he remains in a deep coma.
• Jan. 11, 2014: Dies at age 85.