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Sharon Giving Up More Settlements?

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(Reuters) Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Monday Israel would need to scrap further West Bank settlements under any final peace deal with Palestinians but would never cede its biggest enclaves in the occupied territory...

Sharon stressed any such decision would only be part of a permanent peace accord, a position that enables him to balance world demands for a viable Palestinian state against a domestic political need to boost his support in the rightist Likud Party.

Ariel Sharon appears to have started a dangerous precedent of "eminent domain" whereby the Israeli government is handing out territory towards an entity who not only seeks Israel's destruction but also indoctrinates their children within this culture of hate as well. This is very unusual as his autobiography generally displays Ariel Sharon as a cunning warrior who is one step ahead of the enemy rather than a politician influenced by world opinion.

(Reuters) Sharon did not say how many more settlements might be abandoned. Dov Weisglass, a senior aide to Sharon, has said Israel expected 180,000 of some 245,000 Jewish settlers could remain as part of a final peace deal, with U.S. approval...

But Sharon repeated in his remarks on Channel 10 television Israel would never give up West Bank settlement blocs where the majority of settlers live among 2.4 million Palestinians. "These settlements will remain in our hands and will be linked territorially to Israel. These blocs have first rate strategic importance for Israel," he said.

Whatever Sharon's plans may be, he is playing a very dangerous game within Israel's political system. Although very unpopular within his own party, Sharon's popularity amongst the general population is still amazingly strong, with even a challenge by Benjamin Netanyahu not enough to dethrone the Prime Minister.

Although Ariel Sharon's "Land for Terror," constitutes towards what appears to be national suicide, Sharon may have, by default secured the completion of the wall as many in Congress are nervous about taking any further actions against the Holy Land. Ariel Sharon's goal seems to be that of securing all of Israel, even if it means that a "few settlements" are dismantled along the way.

Whether this is a wise maneuver or not, only time will reveal, but if establishing a wall in their place brings an end to the terror, would not a few dismantled settlements be worth it?

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