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Tony Blair pays tribute to former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon

13 January 2014 Last updated at 11:00 GMT

A memorial service for Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has taken place outside the country's parliament, the Knesset, in Jerusalem.

Mr Sharon, regarded by many Israelis as a great statesmen but widely loathed in the Arab world, died on Saturday aged 85 after eight years in a coma.

Speaking at the service, Middle East envoy Tony Blair praised Mr Sharon as a leader, and said he was not afraid to make difficult decisions.

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