Monday, April 18, 2005

Ariel Sharon's Real Plan

It was reported today in the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (right) has hinted that his much-acclaimed "Gaza Withdrawal" plan may be delayed until mid-August. The move doesn't come as much of a surprise. Ultimately, Sharon may claim that the plan has to be nixed entirely, due to Palestinian "terror" and guerilla actions, regardless of whether or not the Israeli military provokes such actions (thus violating the informal ceasefire.)

Ha'aretz also reported that Sharon's government is planning to expand more West Bank settlements, even though U.S. President George W. Bush (with Sharon, pictured left) has called for a halt in such moves. The U.S. is said to be seeking "clarification" on why the Israelis are pursuing this belligerent path at a time when they are supposed to be rekindling the peace process with the Palestinians. However, it seems highly unlikely that President Bush will go beyond seeking "clarification," since his rabidly loyal evangelical Christian base is obsessed with the state of Israel and its role in Biblical prophecies.

To see the report in Ha'aretz, see: