House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of Ariel Sharon:

"I join the people of the Jewish state of Israel in mourning the loss of Ariel Sharon, one of the greatest warrior-statesmen in modern history.  Sharon’s contribution to establishing and defending Israel’s independence is incalculable and his devotion to peace undisputed.

“The people of America and Israel have forged a friendship based on a common love of freedom, a relationship strengthened by farsighted leaders like Ariel Sharon.  He knew, as ancient Scripture attests, ‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.’

“I send condolences to his family, friends, and countrymen.”