CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk issued the following statement today following the news that Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died:
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon dedicated his life to the defense of our shared democratic values, fighting for Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state against hostile Arab dictators and Iranian-funded terror. He will be remembered not only for his courage in battle but for his never-ending pursuit of peace. As we mourn his passing, let us rededicate ourselves to Ariel Sharon's vision for a Jewish State of Israel living side by side with its neighbors in peace and security."