These are not stupid men. Why do they say stupid things in public fora and put Israel’s best (only?) ally in such an awkward position?
I present to you one of Arik Sharon’s principal advisors:
“The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process,” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass told Haaretz, in an interview for the Friday Magazine. Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, added,
“And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. 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 presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of Congress.” “The disengagement is actually formaldehyde, it supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.”