"Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will represent Australia at a service for Mr Sharon in Israel on Monday. Shadow foreign affairs minister Tanya Plibersek said in a statement: 'In his final years as Prime Minister, [Mr] Sharon made great strides in the Israel-Palestine peace process, representing a courageous shift in his politics in favour of a two-state solution'." ('Bulldozer' who shaped Israel, Robert Tait, The Australian Financial Review, 13/1/14)
Oh did he now? What part of Sharon adviser Dov Weisglass's statement on the subject do you not understand, Tanya?
"The disengagement is actually formaldehyde that's necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians... After all, what have I been shouting for the past year? That I found a device, in cooperation with the management of the world, to ensure that there will be no stopwatch here. That there will be no timetable to implement the [West Bank] settlers' nightmare. I have postponed that nightmare indefinitely... That is the significance of what we did. The significance is the freezing of the political process. And when you freeze the process you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state and you prevent a discussion about the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package that is called the Palestinian state, with all that that entails, has been removed from our agenda indefinitely. And all this with authority and permission. All with a presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of Congress." (Quoted in The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003, Tanya Reinhart, 2006, p 43)