In an interview due to appear in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Friday 8 October, the senior adviser to Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has said bluntly that Sharon's plan to withdraw from Gaza — while reinforcing the Israeli presence in the West Bank — is aimed to prevent a Palestinian state.
“The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process,” says Dov Weisglass in an excerpt from the interview published by Haaretz on 6 October. “And when you freeze that process,” Weisglass added, “you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state...
“Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with authority and permission. All with a [US] presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of [US] Congress”.
Meanwhile a large-scale Israeli offensive continues in Gaza, in retaliation for recent Palestinian attacks and to crush resistance in the area.
Weisglass — who will have been pitching his comments to Israeli right-wingers reluctant to accept even withdrawal from Gaza — is right that the USA has let Sharon trash hopes of an independent Palestinian state. And the European Union and Britain, in turn, have let this happen with only small diplomatic murmurs of discontent.
They can get away with it only because the international movement in support of the rights of the Palestinians and for a democratic policy — two nations, two states — is too weak.
Israel out of the Occupied Territories!