Before the 1st Intifada there was definitely more social intercourse between Jews and Arabs in Israel and the Administered territories. The Oslo period saw political collaboration and increased terrorism. Sharon was elected to provide renewed security. But just because he led that effort doesn't make it Sharon's legacy. This is the legacy of Zionism as a whole and precisely why the majority of Israelis want negotiations and a two state solution. Israelis don't want this because of Ariel Sharon.Despite the strengthening of the Right in Israel, the current government is doing the bidding of the majority which is democratically in order.
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from the article: Sharon's real legacy - keeping the Arabs out of sight