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        1/13/2014, Shevat 12, 5774

      Peres Calls Sharon a Friend and a Leader


      President Shim'on Peres called former prime minister Ariel Sharon a friend and a leader, both in general terms and in the military sense. Speaking at the official memorial service, Monday at the Knesset, Peres referred to Sharon as "the shoulder on which the security of our people rested".

      Peres said Sharon's history flowed with that of the state, acknowledging that Sharon dedicated his life to the country and that his footprints and fingerpints could be found throughout. He also cited Sharon for making monumental decisions.