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After a massive stroke on Wednesday, hours of surgery, and a medically-induced coma, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed back into surgery today after new bleeding in the brain. Barring a miracle, the long-indomitable Israeli leader is not expected to return to the country's helm.

After decades on Israel's frontlines — in the Yom Kippur war, in Israel's invasion of Lebanon and its settlement policy, in sparking and quelling Palestinian intifadah, in unilateral withdrawl from Gaza — Sharon has cast a huge and controversial shadow, and had a huge influence on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Hear about the future of Ariel Sharon's leadership and beyond.

Guests:

Steve Erlanger, Jerusalem bureau chief, New York Times

Naomi Chazan, former member of the Knesset

William Quandt, professor of politics, University of Virginia

Rami Khouri, editor-at-large, Beirut's Daily Star.

This program aired on January 6, 2006.

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