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Israelis pay final respects to Ariel Sharon

JERUSALEM — Israelis from all walks of life flocked to parliament Sunday to catch a glimpse of Ariel Sharon's coffin and pay their final respects to the iconic former prime minister and general.

A stream of visitors ranging from former army comrades to political allies to citizens who only knew him from afar remembered Sharon as a decisive leader, for better or for worse, and one of the final heroes of Israel's founding generation.

"Words escape me. He was just a man who was larger than life," said a choked-up Shlomo Mann, 68, who served under Sharon's command in the 1973 Mideast War.

Sharon, 85, died Saturday, eight years after a devastating stroke left him in a coma.

In a career that stretched across much of Israel's 65-year existence, his life was closely intertwined with the country's history. He was a leader known for his exploits on the battlefield and for the stability he provided as prime minister in times of turmoil.

A state memorial is planned for today at parliament followed by a funeral service at Sharon's ranch. Under Jewish law, funerals are to be carried out as soon as possible. But in a ritual reserved only for former prime ministers and presidents of Israel, the coffin lays in state at parliament to allow citizens to bid farewell.

Vice President Joe Biden, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and others are expected to attend today's ceremonies.

Members of the Knesset Guard carry the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem on Sunday. Sharon died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma.

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Members of the Knesset Guard carry the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem on Sunday. Sharon died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma.

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