At a meeting of the Kadima party leadership a few months after the disengagement, Sharon confidant Dov Weissglas said: “We will put the Palestinians on a diet, but not make them die of hunger.” Everyone present burst into laughter. But when the Palestinians discovered that Abbas hadn’t managed to ease the suffering and that there was no chance of a normal life on the horizon, they opted for a more extreme leadership – Hamas.
During the entire period of our rule in the territories, we have destroyed the existing leadership, which led to the rise of more extreme leaders. We destroyed the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat, who had agreed to a two-state solution and was capable of “delivering the goods.” And we brought about Hamas’ seizure of the Gaza Strip. Now we are cultivating the third stage: Al-Qaida.
That’s because on our side people don’t want to understand that when the oppression increases and there is nothing to lose, the adversary doesn’t surrender and grovel. Just the opposite. He becomes more radical.
maybe all this was planned in advance, because when Al-Qaida people from Pakistan and Afghanistan take over Gaza, we will be able to say with full confidence that there is no one to talk to. Then we can live by the sword until the end of days, because, in the words attributed to early Zionist leader Yosef Trumpeldor, “it’s good to die for our country.”