Sharon Cons Bush
If you read this BBC piece, Bush warns Israel over West Bank
, you might think that Sharon has agreed to stop building settlements in the West Bank while Israel and the Palestinians are negotiating according to the "Road Map". The article is missing the "money quote" from Sharon.
CNN includes it in their article, Bush urges freeze on West Bank settlement
"Regarding the unauthorized outposts, I wish to reiterate that Israel is a society governed by the rule of law," said Sharon. "As such, I will fulfill my commitment to you, Mr. President, to remove unauthorized outposts. As to settlements, Israel will meet all its obligations under the road map."
Sharon is only talking about stopping and removing "unauthorized outposts", not about the new settlements his government is planning to build to cut Jerusalem off from the West Bank. Once again Bush is stiffed by Sharon, and doesn't realize it.
Sharon has plenty of trouble with Israelis at the moment. The Gaza Strip settlers and their supporters have no intention of giving up anything. Militant Jewish groups are trying to provoke a violent Palestinian reaction over Islamic holy places in Jerusalem and have threatened violence against Israeli government officials.
It is past time to re-think the $3 billion a year the US gives to Israel. You should get a minimum of respect for a tip like that.