We are witnessing history in the making: For the first time, Sharon referred to Israeli presence in GS and WB as occupation.
On Monday, 5/26, Sharon attended a meeting of all Likud Knesset members. The topic was the conditional approval of the road map by the government, which effectively accepts the establishment of a Palestinian sovereign state as part of the solution to the conflict.
After nearly every Likud MK threw angry accusations at the governemnt decision, Sharon delivered a response that reiterated several times his determination to "reach a political agreement, because I think it is important for Israel.â€
He said: "I think the idea that it is possible to continue keeping 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation - yes it is occupation, you might not like the word, but what is happening is occupation - is bad for Israel, and bad for the Palestinians, and bad for the Israeli economy. Controlling 3.5 million Palestinians cannot go on forever. You want to remain in Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Bethlehem?â€
I believe Sharon now deserves a honorary membership in Meretz for his newly expressed point of view
Btw, two key faction members who did stay silent were Sharon's son, Omri and Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.