#16 The Gaza disengagement was never meant to be "successful".... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rebekah S
    • 05.12.07 | 17:02 (IST)

    didn't you read the "formaldehyde" interview with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior adviser Dov Weisglass ("Gaza plan aims to freeze the peace process" by Ari Shavit; Ha'aretz, 10 Nov 2005)? Sharon came up with the disengagement plan at a time when he was feeling pressure to do something on a two state solution, which he absolutely did not want. He came up with disengagement as a way of winning enough time to make the settlement of the West Bank irreversible. He withdrew 7000 settlers from one percent of Greater Israel (which could be controlled by other means like sealing its borders & where the demographic balance was hopeless anyway) in the hope of making the annexation of the most valuable real estate on the West Bank a fait accompli. Disengagement was not intended to be "successful" in the sense of improving things with the Palestinians, but the opposite: "It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians."

    from the article: It is not from heaven
    First published 00:00 05.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.12.07
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