Former chief of staff: Ariel Sharon designed Gaza disengagement to save West Bank settlements


Weisglass attempted to explain how it was that Ariel Sharon, known as the father of the settlement movement, decided in 2003 to pull out of Gaza, a move that led to the destruction of 21 settlements there.

At the time Sharon held a stormy meeting with the settler leaders in which he explained to them that the dream of a Greater Israel, in which Israel held on to all of the West Bank and Gaza was no longer possible.

“We have lost his battle,’ Sharon told them, ‘but if you let me work, I will save the settlement blocs, where 80 percent of the population lives and if you continue to obstruct this, we will lose even this,” recalled Weisglass.