Then British prime minister Sir Anthony Eden addresses the nation with a television broadcast concerning the Suez crisis. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

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Victor: ballot papers and campaign posters for Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party lie on the ground after the country’s parliamentary elections, on March 18th. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

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Israelis pay their respects as they walk past the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon lying in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

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Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv in 2005. File Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters

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 Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators pack the streets in Jerusalem to protest against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries to enlist in the Israeli army. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

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