Daniel Pipes has a some clear thinking, in his post “Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem”.
“Are Israel’s critics correct? Does the “occupation” of the West Bank and Gaza cause the Palestinian Arabs’ anti-Semitism, their suicide factories, and their terrorism? And is it true these horrors will end only when Israeli civilians and troops leave the territories?”
“But I forecast a very different outcome. Given that about 80% of Palestinian Arabs continue to reject Israel’s very existence, signs of Israeli weakness, such as the forthcoming Gaza withdrawal, will instead inspire heightened Palestinian irredentism. Absorbing their new gift without gratitude, Palestinian Arabs will focus on those territories Israelis have not evacuated. (This is what happened after Israeli forces fled Lebanon) The retreat will inspire not comity but a new rejectionist exhilaration, a greater frenzy of anti-Zionist anger, and a surge in anti-Israel violence”
Mr Pipes has an excellent understanding of things Middle East, but beyond that from a Biblical point of view, Mr Sharon is risking God’s judgement, as the land is not his to give away. Israel was given to the Jews by God, and correct me if I’m wrong, but nowhere did the Lord give Israel permission at any time to do with the land as they wish, except as stewards.