Saturday, January 11, 2014
Sharon the ''man of peace''
Today the man died who in 1982 engineered the butchery in the Palestinian camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut (about 3000 women, old people and children killed, according to the book that the journalist Amnon Kapeliouk of Le Monde diplomatique wrote about the massacre), who started the disastrous and unnecessary and bloody war in Lebanon in 1982, who was the commander of the infamous Unit 101 (Qibiya, and numerous killings in Gaza), and who was Israel´s prime minister in 2002 at the time of Operation Defensive Shield (and the onslaught on Arafats compound and the Jenin camp). And now that Sharon is dead, he is called a courageous man, and someone who ´´sought to become the architect of a peaceful future´´.
This was expected, of course. It is because he withdrew from Gaza and supposedly made an offer of peace to the Palestinians. That he also started the building of ´The Wall´´ around the settlements on the West Bank, ostensibly for the purpose of incorporating them into Israel proper, seems to be somewhat forgotten. (As most people always have been misreading Sharon´s speech of 18 December 2003 at Hertzliya, where he announced his plans). It is therefor worth to remember what Dov Weisglass, Sharon´s close adviser at the time (2004), had to say about the withdrawal:
"The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Haaretz.
"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," he said. "It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians."
Unfortunately Sharon´s memory cannot easily be erased.