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Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has died aged 85, was a remarkable blend of maverick and mainstay.He fought in all of Israel’s mai(...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attends a meeting with the Israeli president Moshe Katsav in Jerusalem in 2005. File Photograph: David Furst/Reuters

February 26th, 1928: Born to Russian immigrants in farming community of Kfar Malal north of Tel Aviv.1948: Having joined Jewish guerrillas at the age (...)

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

A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and (...)

Ariel Sharon in 2006: he was one of Israel’s most controversial figures. Photograph: Eliana Aponte-Pool/Getty Images

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since 2006, is suffering from vital organ failure and is fighting for his life.Clos(...)

 File photograph of then-Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attending a meeting of his Likud party  in Jerusalem  in  2004. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is in a critical, life-threatening condition from which he is unlikely to ra(...)

 An Israeli ministerial committee headed by prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday voted for the release of 26 veteran Palestinian militants. Photograph: Reuters/Lior Mizrahi

Israel is due to set free 26 veteran Palestinian militants tomorrow despite bitter opposition from some right-wing ministers.A ministerial committee h(...)

Justice minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in the peace talks, vowed to fight the move and appeal the decision within the full cabinet. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Getty

Middle East peace efforts have received another setback following the decision by an Israeli ministerial committee to support a Bill requiring a speci(...)

The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her grandson after hearing news on the possible release of her son, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip today. Abu Moussa was expected to be among more than 100 Arab prisoners to be released as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians ahead of plans to convene negotiators in Washington later this week. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move intended to facilitate the restart of peace talks with the Palestinians and end nea(...)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending a Likud party meeting in Jerusalem today. Photograph: Reuters

A gunman shot dead four people execution-style in a bank in Israel today after being refused an overdraft and cash from its automatic teller m(...)

Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from the right-wing Likud party, will be Israel's next defence minister. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today chose Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from his right-wing Likud party, to be Israel's next(...)

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