British newspaper: Sharon to offer PA independence

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | 
A top adviser to the prime minister told a British newspaper that Ariel Sharon would offer the Palestinians independence in exchange for the guarantee of security for Israelis if he is re-elected. Political strategist Eyal Arad was quoted in “The Guardian” newspaper as saying that Sharon would work with the “road map,” a US-sponsored plan calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state, not on the principle of land for peace, if he wins elections slated for March. Sharon left his Likud Party this week and called for the disbanding of parliament. Polls show he has the best chance at winning the next elections. “The road map replaced the falsehood of 'territories for peace' with a much more realistic formula - security for independence," Arad said. Earlier this week, Sharon confidante Eli Landau told a radio station that the prime minister quit the Likud in order to advance a diplomatic plan aimed at sealing an agreement with the Palestinians.

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