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Israelis pay final respects to Ariel Sharon

Sunday - 1/12/2014, 3:30pm  ET

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israelis from all walks of life are paying their final respects to Ariel Sharon.

They've been filing past the casket of the former general and prime minister today in a plaza in front of the Israeli parliament building.

One man who served under Sharon's command during the 1973 Mideast war says "those who didn't know him from up close can't truly understand what a legend he was."

Dignitaries from around the world are expected to attend Sharon's funeral tomorrow. Vice President Joe Biden is heading a U.S. delegation.

Sharon died yesterday, eight years after suffering a stroke that left him in a coma. He was 85.

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APPHOTO SEB102: Members of the Knesset guard stand next to the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in front of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) (12 Jan 2014)

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