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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.


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.