Ariel Sharon is a general, not an ideolog. he just makes a retreat from Gaza to focus on a much stronger and important frontier (west bank). he change tactict for better result.
anyhow, gaza settlers just 8000 people, so far away from major cities and surrounded by one odd millions palestinians. while the west bank consist of 250,000 settlers. i put my money on it, israeli leadership under sharon or whoever else just try to strengthen the grip on the West Bank by abandoning Gaza which is not important from any biblical narrative nor is it from political and demographic point of view.
still to remember, that the West Bank is Palestinian territory under international law, which mean, all israeli settlers in this part of the world are illegal and therefore stealing the land, or “borrowing” from the palestinians.
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