World leaders offered condolences in reaction to former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's death Saturday. Sharon died at age 85.
President Obama released a statement saying, "Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel on the loss of a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel."
The president reaffirmed the nation's commitment to Israel's security.
Vice President Biden will lead a U.S. delegation to Sharon's memorial service, according to Reuters. In a statement, Biden said he and Jill Biden were saddened to hear about the death.
Former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton echoed Biden's sentiments.
"Ariel Sharon gave his life to Israel — to bring it into being, to sustain and preserve it, and at the end of his long service, to create a new political party committed to both a just peace and lasting security," the Clintons said in a statement.
Former president George W. Bush called Sharon his friend and a "warrior for the ages."
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that he would never forget meeting the "big bear of a man." "(Sharon) was prepared to make tough decisions because he knew that his responsibility to his people was both to ensure their security and to give every chance to the hope that they could live in peace," Kerry said.
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Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Hamas in Gaza said Palestinians would never forgive Sharon. "Sharon death is a lessen for a bad End," Isra Almodallal tweeted.
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