Sharon was attempting to bend the will of the PA. In other words he was bullying Abbas to conform to the Zionist vision vis a vis the holy places. It should be recalled that it was Sharon who provoked the Second Intifada by visiting the Temple Mount under armed guard, in effect telling the Palestinians that the Temple Mount is an Israeli possession thereby compromising the future rights of Palestinians to their holy sites. Sharon's interpretation of peace was a peace dictated by Israel with Palestinian conformity in all the details.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)