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Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 10:57 GMT
Sharon's return
Ariel Sharon at the Wailing Wall
Ariel Sharon has achieved a remarkable political comeback after sweeping to victory in the Israeli election


8 February

An orthodox Jew holds up the remains of the mangled car
An orthodox Jew holds up the remains of the mangled car

Only two days after the election, there are two explosions in the heart of the ultra-orthodox area of West Jerusalem. Police say the blasts, in the Me'a She'arim district, were caused by a car bomb. No-one is killed, a number of people are slightly injured. Ariel Sharon responds by demanding that the Palestinians bring a complete halt to "terror and violence".

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7 February

Ariel Sharon visits wife's grave
Sharon at the grave of his wife Lili

On the morning after his election triumph Mr Sharon took time to visit the grave of his wife Lili at his family farm in southern Israel. In his victory speech he paid tribute to her, but she did not live to witness his incredible political comeback

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7 February

Likud party supporter at victory rally
Jubilant Likud supporters partied into the night

Mr Sharon's landslide victory at the polls was greeted by wild celebrations among his Likud party supporters. The BBC's middle east correspondent Paul Adams witnessed the scenes and reports on the task facing the new prime minister when the euphoria subsides

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6 February

Ariel Sharon speaks to supporters at the Likud Party HQ
Ariel Sharon speaks to supporters at the Likud Party HQ

In a victory speech to jubilant supporters in Tel Aviv, Mr Sharon ruled out any territorial concessions to the Palestinians over the status of Jerusalem, pledging to strengthen its unity. At the same time, Mr Sharon called on the Palestinians to "cast off the path of violence and return to the path of dialogue to resolve the differences between us".

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5 February

Orthodox Jew in front of Ariel Sharon placard
Orthodox Jew in front of Ariel Sharon placard

Ariel Sharon swept to power as Israeli's ran out of patience with the faltering peace process, but what sort of image does he project, and what can Israelis and Palestinians expect from their new leader? The BBC's Paul Adams reports.

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3 February

Syrian, Saudi and Palestinian delegates at Arab League conference
Arab League delegates meeting in Tunisia last week

Analysts predict victory for Ariel Sharon could spell the end of the Middle East peace process. Israel's Arab neighbours are anxiously awaiting the impact of a Likud party victory.

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