Sharon's Strategy Succeeds (For Now)

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 08/24/2005 12:00 am EDT

Asher Weisgan, the Israeli settler who murdered three Palestinians at random in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh on Aug. 17, was clearly very upset by the forced evacuation of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called him a "Jewish terrorist", which was true enough ­ but like all terrorists, he was seeking to create a political effect. He wanted to goad the Palestinians into some act of retaliatory terror so monstrous that it would force Sharon to halt the evacuations.

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