Agence France-PresseJanuary 11, 2014 10:46
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli people will "forever" cherish the memory of former premier Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday at a hospital near Tel Aviv.
"The State of Israel bows its head over the passing of former prime minister Ariel Sharon," he said in a statement.
"His memory will forever be held in the heart of the nation," said Netanyahu, who expressed "deep sorrow" at Sharon's death.
Sharon, 85, died at the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Hashomer at around 1200 GMT on Saturday, officials and his son Gilad Sharon said.