Sharon Aide Nixes Palestinian State

The real objective of Ariel Sharon’s offer to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank is to freeze Palestinian statehood indefinitely, with U.S. blessing, the prime minister’s point man with the Bush administration acknowledged in an interview published Wednesday. The adviser, Dov Weisglass, also said Israel is avoiding negotiations with the Palestinians because it does not want to be forced into concessions on issues such as the future of Jerusalem and the fate of millions of Palestinian refugees. Full Story

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