Mar 9, 2014
Ariel Sharon ‘Made Peace Impossible’
Posted on Jan 22, 2014
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon turned “the two-state solution into a cloud of dust,” Palestinian political scientist and former minister of the Palestinian Authority Ali Jarbawi writes in The New York Times.
After a long military and political career of aggression (“His enmity toward Palestinians was unbridled, and he used the most violent means against them,” writes the author), Sharon unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. The conservative prime minister forcibly removed thousands of Jewish settlers and, not long after, suffered a stroke. Sharon was in a vegetative state from 2006 until his death this month, leaving his true ambitions to speculation.
Naturally the withdrawal led to conjecture of the “only Nixon could go to China” variety. In other words, Jarbawi writes, “Some say that Mr. Sharon changed after becoming prime minister in 2001, and that his transformation became obvious in 2005, when he withdrew the Israeli Army from Gaza and dismantled settlements there.” But, Jarbawi argues, “this is naïve.”
Read the full opinion piece here.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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