Ariel Sharon: Israeli ex-PM in coma 'has brain activity'
Ariel Sharon is admired by many Israelis as a great military leader, but reviled by PalestiniansContinue reading the main story
A team of Israeli and American scientists say new tests showed he responded to external stimuli.
The activity increased when he was being shown pictures of his family and played a recording of his son's voice.
The 84-year-old has been in a coma since 2006, when he suffered a massive stroke.
Since then, he has been in a vegetative state, connected to a respirator
He's never struck me as a particularly pleasant man, but a lot more interesting, capable and flexible than Bibi and the rest of the current leadership of the Israeli right. Maybe he's preparing for a come-back after his nice long rest.