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Had Prime Minister Ariel Sharon been anyone else, he would have been moved to Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center, said Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, the head of Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

Sharon has been hospitalized there in a coma since his stroke in January.

"Transferring a prime minister is a very different process from transferring a regular patient. There are lots of political, familial and security implications," Mor-Yosef said yesterday in an interview with Channel 2.

"If we don't transfer him, then it's to do with the elections. If we do - then it's certainly related. That's life," he said.

Mor-Yosef said he was not worried by the possibility that the press might publish a picture of a comatose Sharon.

"I see him everyday," Mor Yosef said. "He is attached to a minimum of medical apparatuses and looks just like we are used to seeing him, only asleep ... As far as we are concerned we have no objections to him having his picture taken."