Death and funeral of Ariel Sharon

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Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the State Funeral of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem on January 13, 2014.

The former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon died on 11 January 2014.[1] His death received a number of responses from foreign governments.

His state funeral was held on 13 January. He was buried in line with Jewish burial customs. It was held as soon after death as possible. The day before the funeral, Sharon's body and coffin were placed in the Knesset Plaza for people to see.

His funeral began with an official ceremony held in the Knesset chamber. Politicians from Israel and other countries attended. His funeral was then held at his family's farm in the Negev desert. Sharon was buried there beside his wife, Lily.[2][3][4]

Leaders attended his funeral service included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Czech Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.[5]

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