Dov Weisglas, Sharon's chief of staff, declared: "The significance of the (Gaza) disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process... When you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Disengagement supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians"
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from the article: Hamas calls Netanyahu's defense of Gaza blockade 'criminal'