Aide: Ex-premier Sharon would op­pose life sup­port

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JERUSALEM | A close as­so­ci­ate of co­matose for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Sharon says the leader would not have cho­sen to re­main on life sup­port.

Mr. Sharon, 84, led the gov­ern­ment from 2001 un­til a stroke left him in­ca­pac­i­tated in 2006. He lies in a coma, con­nected to a res­pi­ra­tor at a hospi­tal in cen­tral Is­rael.

Raanan Gissin, Mr. Sharon’s long­time spokesman and con­fi­dante, said Wed­nes­day that he be­lieves Mr. Sharon “would have asked to ter­mi­nate.” He said “know­ing the man, he would not want to live this way.”

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