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Olmert: In last 8 years he was missed by Israel and by me personally
Ehud Olmert, who replaced Sharon as prime minister, mourned the loss: "For his entire life Arik stood in the line of fire – in the place where Israel's destiny is determined."

 

He added: "In the eight years since he collapsed he was missed by the State of Israel and by me personally. His absence will continue to be felt in the future as well." (Ynet)