Sharon's Endgame

MOVING OUT? Sharon has proposed dismantling Gaza settlement, which would mean relocating settlers like these

They were words few Israelis ever expected to hear from Ariel Sharon: that he could imagine a time when "there will be no Jews in Gaza."

Israel's hard-line Prime Minister made the statement last week while broaching the idea of evacuating perhaps all 17 Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, with their 7,500 residents.

What's Sharon up to? Some thought he was trying to draw attention from the corruption scandal swirling around him, but there's more to it than that. Senior Israeli officials tell Time the strategy is aimed at his longtime nemesis, Yasser Arafat....

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